Area highway patrol officials honored in Austin

Area highway patrol officials were recently honored in Austin for their efforts.The Highway Patrol Sergeant Area based in the Panhandle received a Unit Citation in late June for its successful efforts in criminal and drug interdiction. The department currently monitors six categories of data to track drug and currency seizures.In 2011, troopers in the area led the state in four of those categories, including the number of cases, total currency seized, cocaine seized and other substances seized.The Sergeant Area includes Carson, Hutchinson and Hansford counties and a portion of I-40. Since 2000, troopers in this area have seized $11.6 million in currency and narcotics valued at more than $149 million.Among those honored as part of the Unit Citation were as follows:Sgt. Joe MedranoCpl. Oscar EsquedaTrooper Darrin BridgesTrooper Casey DawsonTrooper Jimmy ChatfieldTrooper Joshua AllenTrooper Trevor DillardTrooper Donald DavisTrooper Robert DollarTrooper Danny NunezTrooper Ed LongoriaThe Unit Citation was presented by the Public Safety Commission and the Director of DPS, Steve McCraw.