17 episodes

Long-Haul Crime Log presented by FreightWaves covers crime in trucking and supply chain. Take a trip into the seedy underbelly of the world of freight with journalists Clarissa Hawes, Nate Tabak and Noi Mahoney.

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Long-Haul Crime Log presented by FreightWaves covers crime in trucking and supply chain. Take a trip into the seedy underbelly of the world of freight with journalists Clarissa Hawes, Nate Tabak and Noi Mahoney.

    Inside the hunt for the masterminds of a double-brokering scheme

    Inside the hunt for the masterminds of a double-brokering scheme

    Hundreds of trucking companies have been allegedly defrauded in an elaborate scheme utilizing a controversial practice called double-brokering. After months of investigating, co-host Clarissa Hawes got a tip that led to a series of bizarre phone calls with the man who owned a freight brokerage at the center of the operation. He told her: “You've got a lot of angry people … trying to find out who is trying to find them, who is trying to hurt their kids, their families.” 
    Our latest episode wades into Hawes' investigation into a network of companies in Southern California connected to the scheme, and her efforts to find the people responsible for it. It led her to a transportation executive named Steve Avetyan, who once boasted of handing out Rolex watches — he called them “Rollies” —  as bonuses to his best sales staff. Avetyan claimed to be someone else when Hawes first called him. He eventually admitted to being Avetyan, but denied any involvement in the double-brokering network. 
    Co-host and producer Nate Tabak joines Hawes for the episode.
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    Former employees shed light on sophisticated double-brokering network
    Freight fraud: Burgeoning double-brokering scheme like ‘whack-a-mole’
    CEO denies ties to sophisticated double-brokering scheme in Southern California
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    Drugs at the Border: What truckers, fleets need to know

    Drugs at the Border: What truckers, fleets need to know

    Seizures of drugs from tractor-trailers are a regular occurrence at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. Lawyer Su Ross, a partner with MSK in Los Angeles who specializes in compliance issues, says the drivers caught with these illicit loads are often unaware of what they were hauling. Ross talks with Long-Haul Crime Log co-host Nate Tabak during the FreightWaves Small Fleet and Owner-Operator summit.
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    • 19 min
    Pilot fuel rebate scandal spurs unusual legal fight over racism

    Pilot fuel rebate scandal spurs unusual legal fight over racism

    In April 2013, agents from the FBI and IRS raided the Knoxville headquarters of the largest truck stop chain in the United States: Pilot Flying J. It was part of a massive investigation into a fuel rebate scam. In all, fourteen former Pilot employees pleaded guilty for their roles in what was known as “jacking the discount.” But eight years later, the story is far from over as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns the convictions of former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood and two of his staffers, who are still fighting to clear their names. 
    They allege they were victims of reverse racism. Co-host Clarissa Hawes delves into the latest developments as Hazelwood and two members of his team prepare for a second trial in the fuel rebate scam that rocked the truck stop dynasty. Allegations of racism – and reverse racism – are looming large in the case to this day. 
    Co-host and producer Nate Tabak joins Hawes for the episode.
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    Inside the fight against drugs at the U.S.-Mexico border

    Inside the fight against drugs at the U.S.-Mexico border

    Co-host and reporter Noi Mahoney recently spent some time with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel in the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. Officially, he was there to report on legal produce imports from Mexico. But he learned some things about the massive shipments of illegal drugs that CBP intercepts from trucks on a regular basis. 
    In the latest episode, Mahoney explains what he found about drug smuggling during his Laredo trip, and why the illicit shipments have increased in size and frequency during the pandemic. Despite this, Mahnoey says the traffickers are contending with a backlog of drugs waiting to be smuggled across the border. 
    Co-host and producer Nate Tabak joins Mahoney for the episode. 
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    • 9 min
    A curious pot bust jams up 2 Canadian truckers in North Dakota

    A curious pot bust jams up 2 Canadian truckers in North Dakota

    Two Canadian truck drivers in their 20s are facing charges in North Dakota over a $4.5 million load of marijuana intercepted at the U.S. border. Co-host and producer Nate Tabak explains why he’s looking into the case – which has some unusual aspects.
    The drivers were arrested on April 23 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers discovered the marijuana while inspecting what was supposed to be a load of straw at the U.S-Canada border in Pembina, North Dakota.
    In an unusual turn for a border drug case, border officers turned the truckers over to the county sheriff to face state charges. Tabak is looking into why this happened. Also unusual: is the young age of one driver - one is 21 years old, according to court records. 
    Co-host and fellow FreightWaves reporter Noi Mahoney joins Tabak for the episode. 
    Read more: 2 truckers face prosecution after $4.5M marijuana seizure at US-Canada border - FreightWaves
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    Why were truckers in kidnapping cases able to go free so easily?

    Why were truckers in kidnapping cases able to go free so easily?

    It’s a troubling case: Two truck drivers accused of kidnapping women and then forcing them into prostitution or holding them for ransom. 
    Yet somehow, Brian T. Summerson, 25, and Pierre Washington, 35, were able to secure their freedom relatively easily during two points of the investigation by the FBI. 
    In the latest episode of FreightWaves’ true-crime podcast, Long-Haul Crime Log, co-host and investigative reporter Clarissa Hawes looks into the case and the uncomfortable questions that the FBI wouldn’t answer.
    She also looks into the drivers themselves and their activities in the trucking industry. That includes the company Washington owns, God Got Me.  
    Joining Hawes in the episode, co-host and producer Nate Tabak.
    Read more: 2 truckers charged in kidnapping-for-ransom scheme
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    • 28 min

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Tale from the dark side of freight

So happy to see a show focus on this side of the biz

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