LONGSHOREMAN BARRED FROM RETURNING TO WATERFRONT AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COCAINE
November 12, 2019
Today, the Commission unanimously ordered the denial of a petition by former longshoreman Frankie Fawcett, 39, of Brick, NJ who had sought restoration of his registration to perform maintenance work at Port Newark, New Jersey. The Commission had previously removed Fawcett from the waterfront as a result of the following incidents:
- In 2007, the Commission removed Fawcett from the waterfront because of marijuana use and related fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
- In 2013-2014, the Commission removed Fawcett from the waterfront because, among other reasons, he used marijuana, provided diluted urine samples for drug testing on two occasions, and falsely denied using marijuana during a sworn interview; and
- On February 21, 2019, at an administrative hearing, Fawcett admitted that, in 2018, during an argument, he recklessly caused bodily injury to his wife. The Commission subsequently revoked Fawcett’s registration and ordered that he submit to and pass drug tests prior to any restoration of his registration.
On July 8, 2019, Fawcett submitted a petition for restoration of his registration with sponsorship from Port Newark Maintenance & Repair, LLC. He submitted to and failed his required drug test by testing positive for cocaine. Today, the Commission found that, by testing positive for cocaine, Fawcett had demonstrated that his presence at the piers or other waterfront terminals continues to pose a danger to the public peace or safety. Because of the failed drug test (after a history of drug use, frauds, and causing injury to his wife), the Commission denied Fawcett’s petition for restoration of his registration as a longshoreman.