FBI mum on raids in Memphis; Swift says it is not the target

| 2/26/2008

The FBI still isn’t saying why it raided the offices of two truck driving schools and a licensing office in the Memphis area on Monday.

Also involved in the raids headed by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force were the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general; Secret Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. marshals; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

No arrests have been made.

But the Memphis ABC News affiliate reported that documents were seized and that the investigation centers on the illegal issuance of commercial driver’s licenses.

The two driving schools – one in Memphis, the other in Millington – are operated by Swift. A Swift official says he’s been told the company, which employs more than 20,000 drivers in more than 40 locations around the country, is not the focus of the investigation.

Law enforcement officials say a state-operated licensing center that’s on the Swift property was searched and that the state has stopped issuing CDLs at the center until the investigation is complete.