Two Arizona trucking companies have been accused of illegally hiring Mexican drivers to deliver their produce for considerably lower pay than their American counterparts. Trucking company owners Luis Rivera and Jimmy Watson Sr. were indicted on October 22nd and October 23rd in Tucson, Arizona.
Allegedly, both Rivera and Watson were involved in a scheme during which a US truck driver would haul cucumbers, bell peppers, other produce, and even beer through the Interstate 19 Border Patrol checkpoint while a Mexican driver with a business visa simultaneously passed through the checkpoint in a pickup.
After both had made it through the checkpoint, the trucker would pull into a parking lot at the Desert Diamond Casino or at a truck stop or motel and switch vehicles with the Mexican driver, who finished hauling the produce to either Dallas or Los Angeles.
Agents believe that Rivera, owner of L and R Trucking in Nogales and Sunset Truck Leasing in Rio Rico, was able to run the scheme 44 times, while Watson, owner of JSJ Enterprises Transportation in Nogales, is believed to have run it 23 times.
Livetrucking.com reports how the two are now faced with charges of harboring the drivers for profit and may each be ordered to surrender at least 15 vehicles used in the operation, including tractor trailers and sedans.