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Caught on camera: two people arrested, nine companies cited in moving company sting

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two men with warrants out for their arrest and a driver who admitted smoking pot before getting behind the wheel were among the illegal movers caught in a sting operation Tuesday morning.

Nine uncertified companies were hired to move someone out of a Southeast Portland house, but found representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Better Business Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office waiting for them instead.

Each company received citations for operating without a certificate.

ODOT says there are dozens of illegal moving companies operating in the state who put the public at risk.

In some cases, movers have been known to demand extra money before unloading personal property.

Oregon requires moving companies to get household goods certificates.

To become certified, those companies must meet insurance requirements, conduct background checks on employees, operate safe vehicles and charge approved rates.

Tuesday's sting showed the risks of hiring a non-certified moving company.

A man identified as Jeff, working for Portland Movers Ready, arrived driving a U-Haul. He admitted smoking pot before showing up, according to a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy.

Jeff passed a field sobriety test, but was cited for pot possession, according to deputies.

Two men working for Labor Helpers were arrested because they had warrants out for their arrest.

One man was wanted for a parole violation stemming from a heroin possession charge.

The other was arrested for failing to appear in court to face traffic violations.

The sting also netted repeat offenders.

According to ODOT, the owners of The Delivery Guys and Budget Movers have been cited three times each for not being properly certified. Additionally, the owner of The Delivery Guys was driving with a suspended license.

ODOT says Portland Student Movers is tied to another repeat offender, PDX Premier College Movers. The Oregon Department of Justice has an open case against PDX Premier College Movers.

Papajack PDX Moving, Handy Haulers, Clear Choice Movers and Robert Murphy-Hendrix were the other companies cited Tuesday.

ODOT has issued 90 citations to owners of uncertified companies since 2009.

Of those, 23 went on to become certified.

The violation can result in a $1,000 fine and a $435 citation.

Companies can also be fined $100 a day for each day they are found to be operating after that.

Before hiring a moving company, research them on the Better Business Bureau and ODOT websites.

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