Photo/Story Gallery 2013

Trooper Van Leer Recognized by Local Agency

Captain Norris, Interim Police Chief Thomas Coe, Trooper VanLeer, Major Mark WelchOn Friday, November 22, 2013, the Tallahassee Police Department recognized Trooper Michael R. VanLeer at an awards ceremony for his assistance with a cocaine trafficking investigation.

Trooper VanLeer and members of the Tallahassee Police DepartmentIn early 2012, investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department became aware of a cocaine trafficking organization operating within their jurisdiction. The organization moved cocaine in kilogram quantities from Broward County, north into Tallahassee and then into South Georgia. The organization was responsible for 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of cocaine a year that was distributed in the Tallahassee and South Georgia area.

During the course of the operation and on short notice, investigators called upon VanLeer for his assistance and expertise with the ION scan. An ION scanner is a forensic instrument which measure IONs of Drugs or explosive. His commitment and dedication was integral in the successful outcome of the investigation.

VanLeer was presented with a certificate of appreciation at the ceremony by Tallahassee Police Department’s Interim Chief, Thomas Coe.

Pictured in the top photo: Captain Roger D. Norris, Interim Police Chief Thomas Coe,Trooper Michael R. VanLeer, Major Mark D. Welch