Multi-Agency Florida Strike Force Seized Large Amounts of Cash, Drugs, and Weapons

During Operation Safe Highways, several Florida authorities worked together to seize a sizable quantity of guns, drugs, and US currency. A week-long operation to identify and prevent criminal activity on major roads in four North Florida Counties—Escambia County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County—was recently concluded by 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, in conjunction with Homeland Security.1.

The Florida strike squad, through their joint efforts, accomplished major success in their operation. They managed to file 18 drug-related charges, 22 felonies, and 7 misdemeanors. Furthermore, there were 71 traffic stops and 15 arrests made overall. Among the noteworthy drug finds were three weapons, 955.5g of marijuana, 41.1g of cocaine, and $754,317 in assets.

Executive Director Dave Kerner conveyed his gratitude for all of the entities who participated in Operation Safe Highways and their dedication. He stressed that their work, working with Governor DeSantis, has been crucial in protecting Florida from the trafficking of illegal goods, firearms, and narcotics.

Kerner gave reassurance that State Troopers and their allies are committed to apprehending and removing anyone engaged in risky criminal activity from the roads. He pledged to fight against any threats to public safety and credited Florida’s record-low crime rates to such unwavering efforts.

These targeted operations, according to FHP Colonel Gary Howze II, are intended to capture dangerous offenders who are intending to cause harm to others while they are traveling on Florida’s roads. Every arrest and seizure is vital in keeping innocent people from falling victim to crime, possibly sparing them from injury or even death. Florida’s law enforcement is dedicated to adopting preventative steps to guarantee the security of both locals and guests, as well as to protect our communities from victimization of any kind.

Governor Ron DeSantis oversaw the start of Operation Safe Highways in 2022, which was the state of Florida’s ninth effective strike force operation of the year.

Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Mark Glass stated that he has personal experience with the terrible effects that these vile individuals can have on our communities when they try to poison people with deadly and toxic medicines.

He gladly recognized the hard work of the analysts, agents, and law enforcement partners of FDLE who strive nonstop to keep these offenders off our streets. Commissioner Glass also conveyed his appreciation to the legislature, the governor, and the cabinet of Florida for their steadfast dedication to guaranteeing the security of the state’s residents and tourists.

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