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Virginia ABC Hires New Special Agents

October 27, 2016

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Valerie Hubbard - (804) 204-2327
Email: valerie.hubbard@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC Hires New Special Agents

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Bureau of Law Enforcement has added 12 new special agents to its ranks. The newly sworn agents will join the bureau’s 109 law enforcement officers who serve in nine regions across the commonwealth. The new special agents are:

  • Kaitlyn Nicole Adkins
  • Christie Ann Bolton
  • Seth Sherard Dowling
  • Robert Kenneth Epps, Jr.
  • Jennifer Katherine Hathaway
  • Nam Phuong Nguyen
  • Chelsea Ann Pfeiffer
  • Sergey Igor Solodyankin
  • Joshua Allen Tanner 
  • Chandler Vereen Thomas
  • Devin Murphy Urban
  • Joel Nathan Ward

Nearly all of these special agents come to Virginia ABC after having served as certified police officers with other local and statewide law enforcement organizations across the commonwealth. Since their swearing in as Virginia ABC special agents, the new recruits have begun an intensive 17-week training period which includes 12 weeks of field training.

Virginia ABC special agents are sworn and certified police officers vested with statewide authority of arrest for ABC violations as well as any other Virginia criminal law violation. The ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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 2015 ABC's Bureau of Law Enforcement conducted 4,881 criminal investigations and completed 11,518 inspections of licensed establishments. The Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement is accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).

"We are committed to maintaining the effectiveness of our law enforcement bureau," said Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, Training and Recruitment Ryan Porter."The addition of 12 special agents to our team will positively impact our ability to serve the citizens of the commonwealth with a high level of professionalism and responsibility."

Virginia ABC’s special agents continue their focus on regulatory matters, as well as enriched training for monitoring licensed establishments and keeping pace with industry growth.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 361 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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 marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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