FDLE Special Agent Wins Three Top Honors

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Tammy Roane has received three of the state’s highest honors for outstanding law enforcement service. Roane was honored yesterday by Attorney General Bill McCollum with the 2007 Attorney General’s Law Enforcement of the Year award. At a banquet yesterday evening, SA Roane was also recognized by the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year for her investigative work in 2007. Roane was named FDLE’s Special Agent of the Year in August 2007.

“I am proud that one of our members has been recognized for these three prestigious awards,” FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said. “Special Agent Roane’s superior knowledge coupled with her ability to manage and direct the highly complex investigations is an asset not only to FDLE but to the entire law enforcement community.”

Special Agent Roane’s accomplishments include her role in the investigations several far-reaching criminal cases in the Treasure Coast area that have had a statewide impact. One of these cases was a six-month joint investigation into a cocaine trafficking organization tied to a local gang. The gang was responsible for the distribution and sale of more than 45 kilograms of cocaine per month in St. Lucie County. SA Roane’s work led to the arrest of 42 individuals and the seizure of 320 grams of crack cocaine, 595 grams of cocaine powder, and nearly $200,000.

Special Agent Roane also played an instrumental role in investigating the execution-style murder of a family of four by the side of the Turnpike in St. Lucie County. For two weeks, she worked almost non-stop on this case with local, state and federal authorities. She coordinated the collection and analysis of wireless phone records which provided probable cause for wire intercepts on the suspects’ cell phones. This led to the discovery of evidence tying the adult victims to illegal cocaine trafficking, which in turn identified the murder suspects. Three suspects have been arrested on federal narcotics and other charges while the homicide investigation continues.

SA Roane is assigned to FDLE’s Ft. Pierce Field Office and has been a member of the department since 2002. Prior to joining FDLE, SA Roane worked as a sergeant with the Ft. Pierce Police Department for 11 years. Last August, Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet recognized SA Roane with a resolution for her achievement in being named FDLE’s Special Agent of the Year.

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001