The Florida Highway Patrol’s Special Strike Force, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, recently conducted a successful operation in Martin County, Florida. During a routine traffic stop, a state trooper noticed suspicious bottles labeled as “Windex” inside the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the bottles contained liquid methamphetamine. The troopers apprehended two individuals, one of whom had a lengthy criminal history and was found to be in possession of a firearm.
The Special Strike Force, comprised of members from the Florida Highway Patrol, F.D.L.E, local sheriff’s offices, and border patrol, focuses on intercepting criminals and illegal commodities on the state’s highways. Strategically placed teams have been instrumental in seizing significant quantities of drugs, including 8 pounds of fentanyl, 5.4 pounds of methamphetamine, and 178 grams of MDMA between June 2022 and July 2023.
In addition to drug seizures, the Special Strike Force has also been successful in combating human trafficking. In Sumter County, the team stopped a vehicle carrying seven individuals who had entered the country illegally. This marked the fifth human smuggling case on Interstate 75 in just two weeks. The Strike Force has charged 42 individuals for human smuggling, captured 38 fugitives, and seized 30 firearms in the past year.