Alabama Gov. Bob Riley honors troopers

Four Alabama State Troopers were honored by Gov. Bob Riley today.

The men were recognized for utilizing specialized training to seize 99 kilograms (about 218 pounds) of cocaine as the result of a routine traffic stop in Tuscaloosa County earlier this year.

At a ceremony at the State Capitol, Riley recognized and thanked Cpl. Darrell Seymour, Trooper Richard Pittman, Sgt. Charlton Martin and Trooper Shone Minor for their "exemplary service in keeping Alabama safe."

The troopers are part of the Felony Apprehension Patrol Unit which trains those on the force to detect other illegal activity taking place when they conduct routine traffic stops.

Riley said this drug seizure is an example of how the department of public safety has succeeded in applying innovative training to enhance the ability of law enforcement officers to keep Alabama communities safe.