Orlando trucking company president arrested for drug trafficking
A 39-year-old Orlando man has been accused by law enforcement officials of using his trucking company to transport drugs into Central Florida. Peter Truong, the president of P&T Transportation Corp., has been charged with trafficking in oxycodone, marijuana and cocaine.
The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation and its member agencies conducted a two-year investigation of the company before arresting Truong and 9 others, including P&T truckers.
Truong also faces a charge under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as RICO. That means he can be subject to both civil and criminal penalties. Anyone found guilty of unlawful racketeering activity can be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.
Plus, the defendant can be ordered to pay up to 3 times the amount of money gained in their activity, or 3 times the loss created (losses such as injuries and property damage).
An MBI spokesperson said P&T trucks would haul the drugs alongside legitimate goods from companies that likely knew nothing of the alleged illegal activities. Law enforcement agencies say the drugs were obtained on trucking runs to California and Colorado and then brought back to Florida for distribution.
Two West Colonial Drive businesses were raided when arrests were made late last week. Officials said the businesses cut the drug loads into smaller portions and managed the organization’s finances.
Also raided Friday were homes in Winter Garden, Apopka and south of downtown Orlando, according to a media report.
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