New Mexico State Police seize 956 pounds of marijuana
On January 15, 2019 the New Mexico State Police seized 391 pounds of marijuana out of a car hauler carrying two SUV’s at the Gallup port of entry. The very next day two men were arrested at the Gallup port of entry when State Police Officers found 381 pounds of marijuana and 183 pounds of drug paraphernalia in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). While officers conducted a safety inspection on the CMV they observed fourteen large boxes and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the trailer. State Police officers found 299 bags of marijuana, cannabis vape oil and loaded dispensers.
North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper shot in the face
Thoughts, prayers and well-wishes continued to mount Tuesday for a third-generation law enforcement officer who apparently dodged death during a traffic stop that went awry Monday evening, January 14. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Harrell was shot in the face and rushed for medical treatment to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was listed in stable condition, Col. Glenn McNeill, commander of the State Highway Patrol, told WRAL News on Tuesday. "It's going to be a while before he makes a full recovery," McNeill said while standing outside the hospital. "The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and the support they've been shown during this horrific ordeal." McNeill declined to divulge details of the trooper's injuries, saying only that, "We hope he will make a full recovery." Harrell's father and grandfather were also law enforcement officers, authorities have said. The younger Harrell has been on the force for five years. "He was born into the Highway Patrol family," McNeill said. "What took place the other night will demonstrate and show that our trooper is a hero (who) when faced with difficult odds, he relied on his training and did a phenomenal job working through what was a horrible incident." McNeill said he also spoke to Harrell's wife who, he says, is doing as well as can be expected. "She is shaken to the core, but she has a strong resolve to be there beside him and see him through a full recovery, and to see him back in uniform doing what he loves to do," McNeill said. Three men are facing charges in connection with the incident, which occurred at 5:15 p.m. when Harrell tried to pull a vehicle over on Haynes Road, southeast of Elm City.
Illinois State Police trooper killed in line-of-duty
Trooper Christopher Lambert with the Illinois State Police was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating the scene of a prior crash on I-294 near Willow Road in Northbrook. He was en route home when he encountered the three-vehicle crash on the left shoulder and stopped to render aid. He was standing outside of his vehicle when he was struck by another vehicle that failed to slow down or move over. A nurse who was on the scene performed CPR until rescue personnel arrived. He was transported to Glenbrook Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Trooper Lambert was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Illinois State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife, 1-year-old daughter, and parents.
California Highway Patrol officer delivers baby on Sacramento County freeway
A California Highway Patrol officer was in the right place at the right time last Monday and delivered a baby on a Sacramento County freeway. CHP officer Jeffrey Lloyd was completing a traffic stop on the Fruitridge Road off-ramp from southbound Highway 99 at about 4:30 p.m. when a gray SUV pulled up behind him, according to a news release from the CHP's South Sacramento office. “Looked in my rear-view mirror and gray car came up and honked their horn at me,” Lloyd said. He thought the driver was lost. “I go up (on the) passenger side, contact the young lady in the right front seat and say, 'Can I help you?' and she said, 'I'm going to have a baby.' I said, 'Are you sure?' She said, 'Yes, I am,'” Lloyd recalled. Lloyd then notified dispatch, gathered medical equipment to help in the delivery and hurried back to the expectant mother. “She made one scream and there came the baby,” said Lloyd, who then unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby's head and made sure both mother and baby were stable. Lloyd stayed with the mother and baby until the Sacramento Fire Department arrived. The mother and her healthy newborn daughter were then taken to a nearby hospital. “We're not just there to write tickets and get on them, but we're there to provide safety and service to them," Lloyd said. "Just glad I was able to do it. That's what I signed up for.” This has happened in Lloyd’s family before. His father helped his mother deliver his younger brother on a highway in San Bernardino more than 30 years ago. "Both the mother and daughter are in excellent health and resting," the CHP's post said.