Antonio F. (Tony) Rojas, former Sergeant with the Mason County Sheriff's Office and current Round Rock Police Officer was presented with the Department of Public Safety Directors Award on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
The Department of Public Safety Directors Award is the highest award that a non DPS employee can receive.
Rojas was recommended for the award by DPS Narcotics Lieutenant Bryan Baxter. The recognition came as a result of the long and tireless hours and service above and beyond the call of duty put in by Sgt. Rojas during the 18 months investigation into drug trafficking in Mason County. The investigation gained key momentum when Sgt. Rojas was able to identify, debrief and gain information from a confidential informant with limited formal training. The informant was documented through DPS policy and Mason County Sheriff's Office policy. Sgt. Rojas' work in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety Criminal Law Enforcement Division and other law enforcement agencies in the area resulted in the identification of more than fifty drug users and traffickers with indictments of twenty two member of an organized crime ring on both state and federal charges. During the investigation marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine, were taken off the streets along with cash and weapons in Mason, McCulloch, Concho and Tom Green Counties.
Tony is a 2001 graduate of Mason High School and is the son of Anna Velez of Mason, Texas. Tony and his wife, Chasity and four children reside in Round Rock, Texas.