In 2013, Deputy Cody Hoppel became a member of the Marion County Sheriff’s newly formed Tactical Investigation Unit. He was chosen for his strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to make good prosecutable cases against criminals in Marion County. Since joining the TIU, Deputy Hoppel has been tasked with working many complex robberies. Deputy Hoppel’s case closure rate for robberies and home invasions during 2014 is 100%, although nationwide averages hover around 25%. He is always willing to assist other detectives in their investigations as well, such as one involving two men who robbed the Love’s Truck Stop of almost $18,000. Deputy Hoppel identified contradictions in an employee’s statement and learned that the employee was in on the robbery. This revelation allowed officers to learn the identity of the gunman and take him into custody while recovering the car used, the clothing worn, the gun that was displayed and almost all of the cash that had been stolen in less than 24 hours. This was not his case; however, he is always willing to assist those around him.
When not investigating robberies, Deputy Hoppel makes an impact on the drug trade in Marion County. Deputy Hoppel made numerous Possession with Intent to Distribute Drug cases during 2013. Overall, he arrested 91 people and made 78 felony charges. He is also a valuable member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). He was a participating member of the 2012 team from MCSO that won 1st Place at the SWAT Roundup International Competition in Orlando. He is regularly on entry teams when high risk search warrants are being served. Deputy Hoppel is always willing, and his courage is contagious. Deputy Hoppel’s hard work and dedication are truly deserving of appreciation and recognition.