Former Chattanooga trucking firm owner accused of giving cocaine, alcohol to minors court date delayed

Former Chattanooga trucking firm owner accused of giving cocaine, alcohol to minors court date delayed

April 2nd, 2019 by Staff and wire reports in Business Around the Region
Joseph Lipsey III

Joseph Lipsey III

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The former owner of a Chattanooga trucking firm charged with giving drugs and alcohol to minors will make his first court appearance along with his wife and 19-year-old son on April 15 in Colorado.

Joseph Lipsey III, the 56-year-old founder of Lipsey Logistics in Chattanooga, was originally scheduled to appear this week along with Joseph Lipsey IV, 19, and Shira Lipsey, 44, in Pitkin County District Court in Aspen, Colorado. A prosecutor said he agreed to postpone the appearances to accommodate lawyer schedules.

The three family members were charged in March with a total of 41 criminal counts stemming from parties at their Aspen Highlands home that included minors. The two Lipsey parents each face one count of distribution of cocaine to a minor and 11 counts of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor and three misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors.

The younger Lipsey faces one count of distribution of MDMA, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All three Lipseys posted $100,000 cash-only bonds and surrendered their passports after they were booked into the Pitkin County Jail last month and released.

Lipsey also relinquished his control and ownership shares of Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking. Johnny Jones has become chief executive of Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking. In October, John White, current president of Lipsey Transport and former president of U.S. Xpress, will step in to backfill the role of president of Lipsey Logistics.


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