Trooper Christopher Powers
Troop D - Orlando
Congratulations to Trooper Christopher Powers for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for March 2008. Trooper Powers observations and appropriate actions led to the seizure of over 3 million in counterfeit merchandise.
On March 9, 2008, Trooper Christopher Powers initiated a traffic stop on a semi-tractor and trailer for unlawful speed.
During the traffic stop he reviewed the driver's logbook and bills of lading and discovered discrepancies and inconsistent statements made by the driver. Trooper Powers requested his Sergeant's assistance regarding the information obtained and after review, it was agreed Powers should request the assistance of the Florida Department of Motor Carrier Compliance and a K-9 unit to respond to the scene.
The Florida Department of Motor Carrier Compliance and a K-9 unit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Trooper Powers obtained consent to search the semi-tractor and trailer. In his search he found suspicious freight, consisting of boxes wrapped in packing tape which had been hand loaded onto the trailer. Further search revealed that the suspicious freight contained possible counterfeit merchandise. Trooper Powers wisely requested the assistance of the U.S. Customs Service, who responded to the scene and gave an initial assessment that the freight was counterfeit merchandise. The semi-tractor and trailer were moved to the U.S. Customs Service's warehouse, where the contents of the trailer were inspected and inventoried.
During the course of the inventory of the counterfeit merchandise, counterfeit U.S. currency was also discovered and turned over to the U.S. Secret Service. The counterfeit merchandise was valued at $3,098,339. The seizure of the counterfeit merchandise led to the arrest of the driver for possession and transportation of counterfeit merchandise.
Trooper Christopher Powers acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol. He is commended for his prudent actions, and is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for March, 2008.