|Mark Scott has been named the Liquor Law Enforcement Agent of Year|
Monday, October 21, 2013
Mark Scott of Ferrum, a special agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), has been named the Liquor Law Enforcement Agent of the Year by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).
Scott, 46, was recognized for his undercover roles in four separate investigations, which were conducted with various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Roanoke Special Agent in Charge Tiffany Johnson, who nominated Scott for the award, said that Scott's role was key to each investigation, and he helped develop positive relationships between the ABC and other agencies.
One of Scott's investigations involved nine agencies and resulted in arrests for manufacturing and selling moonshine, as well as the rescue of more than 100 mistreated animals in the case that also revealed cockfighting violations, Johnson said.
"This was only one of more than 20 illegal manufacturing of moonshine investigations Scott conducted last year," she said. "In his 16-year career, he has conducted more than 400 illegal whiskey investigations and assisted with hundreds of others."
Scott previously served as a member of the Virginia State Police Governor's Initiative Against Narcotics Trafficking (GIANT) task force for 10 years. He has worked jointly with the FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshals on federal investigations, including Operation Lightning Strike, a two-year federal and state untaxed liquor investigation. He is currently deputized as a U.S. Marshal working on a federal investigation.
Prior to working for ABC, Scott served in the Bedford County Sheriff's Office as a deputy and corporal fill-in shift supervisor. While in the sheriff's office, he also was a member of the Tactical Response Team and Regional Homicide Investigation task force. Scott served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and graduated from Liberty University with a degree in criminal justice.
In a personal letter to Scott, Gov. Bob McDonnell commended his "superior" service to Virginia.
"Your willingness to make personal sacrifices of time and safety for the betterment of the commonwealth shows you exemplify the true meaning of public service," McDonnell wrote. "It is the work of exceptional, committed employees like you that allows our commonwealth to excel, becoming a safer place for all of us."
The NLLEA is a non-profit association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations.