Trooper Otto H. Bottin, III
Troop G - Jacksonville
Trooper Otto H. Bottin, III, has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for his actions on September 7 and September 28, 1996, which resulted in two significant cash seizures.
On September 7, 1996, Trooper Bottin stopped a traffic violator for unlawful speed on Interstate 95 in Duval County. Routine questions in association with the traffic stop led to suspicions which caused him to run wanted and criminal history checks. These computer checks revealed an extensive arrest record involving cocaine. A consent to search the vehicle was obtained and with the assistance of Trooper Richard Blanco, $54,370.00 in U.S. currency was located and seized. The money was found in the trunk, wrapped in bundles with duct tape and hidden in some speakers.
On September 28, 1996, Trooper Bottin stopped a violator for speeding on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County. Suspicions again led to a consent to search being obtained. Trooper Bottin used canine "Blossom" to inspect the vehicle which was pulling a U-Haul trailer. The dog alerted on the rear trunk area of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle and trailer resulted in locating $401,700.00 in U.S. currency that had been bundled with rubber bands and hidden among numerous personal items.
Trooper Bottin's attentiveness to duty and thorough police work resulted in the seizures of this large amount of cash which no doubt were associated with the sale or purchase of contraband.
Trooper Bottin is an 18-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop G, Jacksonville.