Foreman Revoked for Providing a Firearm to Another Longshoreman Involved in International Cocaine Importation on the Piers
September 30, 2014
The Commission unanimously ordered the immediate revocation of the registration of longshoreman Arnold E. Rogers, a former foreman and member of Local 1233.
Following a hearing, the administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that the Commission had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that Rogers was a danger to the public peace or safety because he had transported an illegal gun and ammunition, which he knew would be used for cocaine trafficking by way of the waterfront. As a result of this conduct, Rogers had been convicted of a felony and incarcerated in federal prison for one year. The ALJ found that Rogers “was not a credible witness” and that he “provided a loaded firearm to another longshoreman for use by an accomplice in the promotion of high level illicit drug trade,” that “demonstrated a clear disregard for the safety of others.”
The revocation proceedings were the result of a larger investigation by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor , the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Inspector General of New York State, the New Jersey Office of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Newark Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.