Photo/Story Gallery 2007
K-9 Z Stays Busy
When a trooper makes a traffic stop and the presence of contraband is suspected, the trooper calls for back up that often includes one of our specially trained K-9’s for the purpose of sniffing out what otherwise might be missed. In the following cases, Trooper Daniel Caulk called Trooper Mike Jordan and his partner K-9 Z to the scene.
ALACHUA COUNTY: Trooper Daniel Caulk, Troop B Contraband Interdiction Team member, stopped the driver of a brown 1990 Oldsmobile 4-door vehicle for speeding on Interstate 75 near mile marker 403 in Alachua County. The driver of the vehicle who had a suspended driver’s license attempted to give Trooper Caulk a fictitious name. Trooper Caulk got suspicious and called for back up.
Trooper Mike Jordan and K-9 Z responded to assist Trooper Caulk. Upon arrival, K-9 Z alerted to the suspect’s vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs. A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed $19,000 concealed under the right front passenger seat inside a small backpack. K-9 Z then alerted to drug residue on the currency. Further drug residue was discovered within the pockets of the suspect’s jacket. The suspect was arrested under the Felony Money Laundering Act, and for Obstruction of Justice for giving a fictitious name, Driving While License Suspended, and Unlawful Speed.
COLUMBIA COUNTY: Trooper Daniel Caulk recently made another traffic stop near Lake City, which resulted in the arrest of a husband and wife from New Mexico on drug-related charges. While patrolling on U.S. 90, Trooper Caulk spotted a 2000 Toyota 4-door with a cracked windshield. While talking with the male driver of the vehicle during the traffic stop, Trooper Caulk saw what he suspected were illegal mushrooms lying in plain view within the vehicle. Trooper Mike Jordan and K-9 Z were called to the scene to confirm the suspicion. Z sniffed around the suspect’s vehicle and alerted to the presence of the illegal drugs within the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 32 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, along with 6.9 grams of Cannabis and a digital scale inside the glove compartment.
Further search revealed 111.2 grams of Cannabis concealed inside a jar and hidden in the spare tire well. The female passenger had 16 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms concealed in a baggie in her right boot. Trooper Caulk and Trooper Jordan seized a total of 48 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms and 118.1 grams of Cannabis. Both the husband and wife were charged with Felony Possession of Cannabis, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (Psilocybin mushrooms) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects were booked into the Columbia County Jail.
Good job Contraband Interdiction Team and K-9 Z!