My uncle had me travel out to Dallas this week after he got reports that one of his top employees was working with an attorney after recently being arrested for a serious crime. Apparently he had a history of committing dangerous crimes and they had only just caught up with him . . . the way drug trafficking does.
It was actually a pretty crazy story from what I understand. The guy was my uncle’s right hand man at the warehouse. He would always stay late and come in early; he was a model employee from what I’ve been told. Then, one night, the security office contacted my uncle and told him that there had been some suspicious activity they wanted him to see.
The video footage was emailed to him and it turned out that this guy was having secret meetings at the loading dock at night. The first video was just them basically standing around and talking, then they all walked out of the frame and it’s unclear what happened next.
My uncle asked the security office in Dallas to keep an eye on things over the next few weeks. We thought this was just a company-related issue, not a criminal one, but we couldn’t have been more wrong.
As we watch through the tapes in the weeks afterwards, it became abundantly clear that this employee was working with a presumed cartel. He was using the warehouse to ship out kilos of cocaine across the country, with OUR warehouse name on the box!
Obviously, this could not be tolerated, so we made a call to the FBI, who then opened up an investigation of their own. They told us to keep him on staff and just go about business as usual. One day, taking us by surprise, FBI agents stormed the warehouse and placed him under arrest for drug trafficking.
Anyway, he wants me to take a look at the current structure of the warehouse in Dallas, re-evaluate all the current employees, and then redesign the hiring process so that we can prevent ourselves from becoming magnets for criminals.
First and foremost, we need to make sure that we have a solid background check process in place, no more of these “under-a-dollar per background check” checks. I wonder if there is a yearly program out there that gives you unlimited access to as many background checks you need? This is just the jumping off point to implementing hiring processes that actually work, so we don’t wind up in legal trouble ourselves the next time an employee thinks he can take advantage of our warehouse again.