Task Force Triumph Florida Agencies Combine Efforts for Epic Cash, Drug, and Weapon Raid

Task Force Triumph: Florida Agencies Combine Efforts for Epic Cash, Drug, and Weapon Raid

A collaborative effort involving various Florida agencies has led to the confiscation of a significant amount of U.S. currency, drugs, and firearms during Operation Safe Highways.

The Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida National Guard Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force, and the sheriff’s offices of Escambia, Walton, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties, along with Homeland Security, recently concluded a weeklong operation aimed at identifying and preventing criminal activities on major roads in four North Florida Counties (Escambia County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County).

The joint efforts of the Florida strike force yielded substantial results in their operation, resulting in 18 drug charges, 22 felony charges, and 7 misdemeanor charges.

Additionally, 15 arrests were made, and 71 traffic stops were conducted. Noteworthy drug seizures included 41.1g of cocaine, 955.5g of marijuana, three firearms, and a total of $754,317 in assets.

Executive Director Dave Kerner expressed gratitude for the dedication of the multiple agencies involved in Operation Safe Highways. He highlighted that their concerted efforts, directed by Governor DeSantis, have been crucial in protecting Florida from the trafficking of narcotics, weapons, and criminal activities.

Kerner assured that State Troopers and their partners remain steadfast in removing individuals engaged in dangerous criminal conduct from the roadways and holding them accountable.

He attributed Florida’s record-low crime rates to such relentless efforts and pledged to combat any threats to community safety.

According to FHP Colonel Gary Howze II, these targeted operations aim to apprehend dangerous criminals traveling on Florida’s roads with the intent to harm others.

Each arrest and seizure plays a crucial role in preventing unsuspecting individuals from becoming victims of crime, potentially saving them from harm or even death.

Florida law enforcement is committed to taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of residents and visitors and to safeguard communities from any form of victimization.

In 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the launch of Operation Safe Highways, marking the ninth successful Florida strike force operation of the year.

“Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Mark Glass expressed the firsthand knowledge of the devastating impact that these despicable criminals can have on our communities by attempting to poison them with dangerous and lethal drugs.

He proudly acknowledged the diligent efforts of FDLE’s agents, analysts, and law enforcement partners who tirelessly work towards keeping these criminals off our streets. Commissioner Glass also expressed gratitude towards Florida’s strong support system, including the Governor, Cabinet, and lawmakers, for their unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of the state’s citizens and visitors.”

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