Photo/Story Gallery 2003

DEA Awards FHP $54,000

Trooper Carter removes drugs from vehicleOn Thursday, March 13, 2003, the Florida Highway Patrol was pleased to receive nearly $54,000 from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their asset forfeiture sharing program.

Shown in the photo, left to right, are Mark Cutcliffe, Resident Agent in Charge, Tallahassee, Randy Bohman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Jacksonville, Lt. Marty Duncan, FHP Contraband Interdiction Program Coordinator, Chief Rick Gregory, Colonel Knight.

The cash forfeiture was made as a result of a traffic stop made on Interstate 75 last summer. On June 24, 2002, at 10:30 p.m., Sergeant Daniel Hinton and Trooper Michael Grider observed a 1995 Kenworth tractor-trailer combination traveling at an excessive rate of speed for the existing weather conditions northbound on Interstate 75 in Sumter County. The vehicle was stopped at the 331 milepost. Also assisting was Trooper John Wilcox. A canine drug sniff and subsequent physical search of the vehicle was conducted, revealing hidden compartments in the fuel tanks. The compartments contained a total of seven bundles of U.S. currency. Both the driver and passenger were arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia (concealed vehicle compartments). Agents from DEA were contacted to assist in processing the currency seizure.