Trooper Edward Pope
Troop F - Bradenton
Congratulations to Trooper Edward Pope for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for January 2007, for arresting four individuals involved in drug activity in the Charlotte County area.
On Saturday, December 23, 2006, Trooper Pope received information on illegal drug activity in the Charlotte County area. The information revealed that two suspects were targeting another individual with the intent to kill him. Trooper Pope located the targeted individual at his residence and arrested him on an active warrant. He then obtained information from this individual regarding the two suspects who were looking for him. Further investigation revealed that one of the suspects was on Charlotte County’s Most Wanted list.
On January 10, 2007, Trooper Pope and Corporal David Staley tracked down one of the suspects, but when Trooper Pope attempted to speak with him, he ran out the back door of his house, attempting to flee. However, Corporal Staley was waiting in the back for him and was able to apprehend him without incident. Trooper Pope then arranged a meeting between this suspect and the other individual from Charlotte County’s Most Wanted list.
With the assistance of the United States Fugitive Task Force and Trooper Allen Williams, Corporal Cale Stevens, and Corporal Staley, Trooper Pope initiated an action plan to apprehend the last suspect. He set up the meeting at Salyers Park in Charlotte County. The fugitive arrived at Salyers Park in a gold SUV, as Trooper Pope was told he would. Trooper Pope was able to identify the wanted individual as the front seat passenger. A traffic stop was subsequently conducted on the SUV.
The traffic stop yielded approximately 461 grams of marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and two large knives. The driver and passenger were charged with the possession of the drugs and paraphernalia. The driver was also charged with driving on a suspended license. The SUV was seized for forfeiture, but was returned to the lien holder.
Trooper Pope is commended for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for January 2007, and for receiving this award for an unprecedented four times.