Photo/Story Gallery 2009

Trooper Honored by Drug Task Force

Trooper Earrey, Major Carrick, Sgt. Fouraker, and Special Agent in Charge Pape (FDLE).Trooper Joshua Earrey, a K-9 handler with FHP’s Contraband Interdiction Team (Troop G), was recently honored by the Director of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) for his outstanding work in drug interdiction over the past two years.

As a member of the North Florida HIDTA Task Force, Trooper Earrey has seized an enormous amount of drugs from traffickers, removing the following from Florida’s roadways: 10.5 kilos of powder cocaine, 1.5 pounds of crack cocaine, 83.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 ounces of heroin, 250 grams of MDMA, $277,454 in U.S. currency, and 23 firearms, while making over 1200 traffic charges and 280 drug related charges over the past year. In addition, two of Trooper Earrey’s arrests lead to the identification of shooting suspects in two separate homicides, and information uncovered as a result of Trooper Earrey’s arrests have lead to large seizures of drugs and money—one such case lead to the search warrant for the arrest of a member of the Mexican drug cartel. The execution of the search warrant resulted in the seizure of 47 pounds of marijuana, 1/2 kilo of cocaine, $18,000 in US currency, and one handgun.

Trooper Earrey has made a significant impact on the reduction of drug trafficking in northeast Florida, and has demonstrated his willingness to protect the citizens of our state and to put himself in harm’s way during two recent incidents involving violent crimes.

On June 20, 2008, Trooper Earrey encountered two subjects that had been shot during an altercation. After securing the crime scene and assessing the victim’s medical needs, Trooper Earrey immediately directed responding officers to the neighborhood where the shooting had occurred. After a short search, two suspects, one of whom had also been shot, were located in a truck not far from the original crime scene. Trooper Earrey’s quick assessment and subsequent actions in response to this incident not only provided immediate medical assistance to the victims, but it also secured the necessary information which was instrumental in locating, identifying, and apprehending potential suspects in this violent crime.

On October 17, 2008, while en route to K-9 training in Jacksonville, Trooper Earrey again demonstrated his courage by apprehending a suspect in an armed carjacking that had just occurred. After observing the suspect commit several traffic violations, Trooper Earrey attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect fled for a short distance and then abandoned the vehicle, fleeing on foot into the woods . Without hesitation, Trooper Earrey pursued the suspect on foot through the woods, ultimately apprehending him without incident. After learning the suspect had just carjacked a women and her small child at gunpoint, Trooper Earrey conducted a search of the wooded area where the suspect had fled. After a brief search, Trooper Earrey located a handgun in the ditch where the suspect had fled.

Because of Trooper Earrey’s perseverance and dedication, the citizens and visitors of this great state have a safer and more secure environment in which to reside and visit. Excellent work, Trooper Earrey!

Pictured: Trooper Earrey earns a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work, pictured here receiving his award from Nestor Duarte (FBI), Chairman of North Florida HIDTA. Also pictured are Major Grady Carrick, Sgt. Harry Fouraker, and Special Agent in Charge Dominick Pape (FDLE).