Trooper Gary Bach
Troop L - St. Lucie
Congratulations to Trooper Gary Bach for being selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for April 2003, based on his excellent police work.
On April 17, 2003, Trooper Bach stopped a driver for unlawful speed. While speaking with the driver, he observed his nervous behavior and unusual travel plans. In addition, the driver had a suspended driver’s license. As his suspicions increased, he called Trooper Chad Lawson for assistance.
Upon Trooper Lawson’s arrival, Trooper Bach continued the investigation to discover that the driver and female passenger were traveling to meet someone in Jacksonville. This investigation yielded the following: documentation for over 30 cell phones, over 20 ATM cards with different account numbers, deposit slips showing large sums of money deposited at over 15 banks, two airline tickets, incomplete immigration documents, mail from four different locations, maps for North Carolina outlining populated areas, surveillance equipment and metal detectors.
Trooper Bach and Trooper Lawson contacted Sergeant James D. Shaw, who instructed them to detain the suspects for interview purposes. The suspects were transported to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for further questioning.
Trooper Bach acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for his actions!