Former President of Chicago Local Indicted on Drug Charges

teamsters-logoRobert Walston had a side career during his reign as a Teamster local leader.  And by prosecutors’ accounts, it was an illegal one.  On January 22, Walston, formerly president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 743 in Chicago, was indicted on conspiracy and drug trafficking charges related to his alleged role as a bagman in an attempted 2007 Texas cocaine deal.  The crimes occurred when he was still president of the local, though he would relinquish his post only a couple of months later to an ally, Richard Lopez, himself indicted in short order for his participation in a 2004 union election-rigging scheme.

Walston, an ally of International President James P. Hoffa, served as president of IBT Local 743, a 12,000-member union based in Chicago’s South Side representing warehouse, office, service and other workers.  He also allegedly had a desire to supplement his income through drug trafficking.  On