Photo/Story Gallery 2004

Trooper Investigates Cash Found in Iraq

Captain Gonzalez surrounded by cashCorporal Erik C. Gonzalez, Troop B – Ocala, served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves, 307th Military Police Detachment, Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.), stationed in Camp AriFjan, Kuwait and deployed in Iraq. Corporal Gonzalez was activated March 15, 2003, and returned to duty with the Florida Highway Patrol on February 9, 2004.

US Army Reserve Captain Erik C. Gonzalez pictured in a room with over $100 million dollars of Saddam Hussein’s money.

Captain Gonzalez’ duty was that of the Commander of Special Agents in the Southern Iraqi Theater. His unit was responsible for investigating all felonies involving United States Army interests which included mass graves found and U.S. combat deaths and any other felonies brought to his attention. He even investigated a fatal vehicle crash utilizing his Traffic Homicide Investigative skills. Other duties involved dignitary protection for all visiting dignitaries to Iraq and Kuwait. His unit was detailed to provide protection to Florida’s United States Senator Bill Nelson.

During the course of one of his many investigations, Captain Gonzalez was involved in the investigation of over $100 million dollars that was found by the U.S. military. Captain Gonzalez worked closely with the United States Secret Service and the United States Custom Service investigating the money.

Many of the duties performed by Captain Gonzalez are the same duties provided by the Florida Highway Patrol in the State of Florida. The FHP is proud of Corporal Gonzalez’ service with the United States military and we are extremely thankful for his safe return to duty in Troop B – Ocala.