Action in three trucking-related crimes has recently been reported by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the New Jersey attorney general and Pennsylvania ABC affiliate WNEP, including a hotshot carrier busted for hauling marijuana, moving companies fined for not holding licenses, and a commercial vehicle enforcement officer charged after allegedly offering sex acts to a trucker in exchange for leniency on violations.
Pennsylvania enforcement officer charged with offering sex bribe to trucker
A commercial vehicle inspector employed by the Pennsylvania State Police has been charged with soliciting a sex act in return for leniency on violations during a truck inspection. The incident reportedly occurred in Dorrance Township, Pennsylvania, at a rest area on Aug. 23, according to local news station WNEP.
The report states Robert Aigeldinger, 49, allegedly offered sex to a female trucker during an inspection. The news report states that many commercial vehicle inspectors in the state are hired by Pennsylvania State Police to enforce commercial vehicle laws but are not sworn police officers and do not carry guns. Aigeldinger is reportedly one of these employees.
Aigeldinger has been suspended without pay while the investigation continues.
Hotshot trucker busted with $7.3 million of marijuana
A Facebook post by Wyoming Highway Patrol reports the agency seized approximately 1,849 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $7.3 million during a traffic stop on Aug. 28. The stop occurred near milemarker 361 on I-80 Eastbound.
Troopers pulled over a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a flatbed trailer to conduct an inspection. During the inspection, another trooper with a drug K-9 was alerted of drugs in the load. Troopers then searched the load and found the marijuana.
29 unlicensed New Jersey moving companies fined
An undercover sting operation in April resulted in 29 unlicensed moving companies being fined $2,500 each, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
“An unlicensed moving company can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare,” Grewal said. “They’ve been known to hold truckloads of property hostage until the customer pays an extortionate fee. And these unlicensed movers often don’t carry adequate insurance, creating the risk that homeowners will be left high and dry if their property is seriously damaged during the move. That’s why we regulate the industry – and why we crack down on rogue operators.”
The report states each of the companies was contacted after advertising online.