ABC Special Agent Mark Scott has been named the Liquor Law Enforcement Agent of Year by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).
Scott has been recognized for his undercover roles in four separate investigations, which were conducted in concert with various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. “Not only was his role integral to each investigation, but it also allowed for significant development of relationships between our agency and others,” said Special Agent in Charge for the Roanoke Region Tiffany Johnson. She nominated Scott, who serves in the Roanoke Region, for the award.
One of those 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 of the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty.
This was only one of more than 20 illegal manufacturing of moonshine investigations Scott conducted last year. “During his 16-year career, he has conducted more than 400 illegal whiskey investigations and assisted with hundreds of others,” Johnson said in nominating Scott for the award.
The NLLEA is a non-profit association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations. The NLLEA has a membership structure that is open to all levels of persons involved in enforcing liquor laws in the United States and Canada.
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, the 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 sheriff 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.
As a special agent, Scott is a sworn and certified police officer vested with statewide authority of arrest for ABC violations, as well as any other Virginia criminal law violation. The ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement employs a statewide force of special agents who oversee more than 16,400 establishments licensed to sell alcohol.
ABC special agents also conduct investigations involving underage sales, fake IDs and other alcohol-related crimes including narcotics and weapons violations, tobacco smuggling, money laundering, tax fraud and counterfeiting.
During fiscal year 2013 ABC's Bureau of Law Enforcement conducted 9,832 criminal investigations, made 2,201 arrests and completed 9,050 inspections of licensed establishments. ABC was previously recognized by the NLLEA in 2002 when it received the association’s Liquor Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award and in 2002 and 2010 when it received Most Innovative Program Award (Military Outreach Initiative, including Military Safe Rides Home program).
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 344 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
ABC Special Agent Mark Scott Named ‘Agent of the Year’ by National Liquor Law Enforcement Association