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Georgia Couple Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy to Violate FMCSA Hazardous Materials Regulations

On February 17, 2011, Thomas Watson and Cathy Watson, principal operators of the now dissolved TomCat Trucking, Inc. (TomCat Trucking) pled guilty to an information charging conspiracy to violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Hazardous Materials Regulations.

In January 2009, following an FMCSA safety compliance review, TomCat Trucking was issued an Out of Service Order which included the revocation of their certificate/registration to operate. The investigation revealed that between January and July 2009, the Watsons transported numerous loads of placardable quantities of hazardous materials including Ammonium Nitrate and Telone II, a flammable and toxic pesticide.  According to U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore, the Watsons directly placed the public in serious danger of potential exposure to dangerous substances being transported on the public roadways.

This investigation was conducted with assistance from the FMCSA.