Episode 004: Judy Tyler – Drug Cases and Informant Development

JERRI WILLIAMS iTUNESRetired agent Judy Tyler served 31 years as an agent with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy talks about being one of the first women to join the Norfolk, Virginia police department and the dangerous drug world she navigated for most of her FBI career. Post retirement, she continues to share her experience and expertise by training current agents to develop informants as part of a specialized FBI in-service program. We discussed the importance of working well with confidential sources and cooperating witnesses and how crucial this skill set is to the success of the Bureau.


Special Agent (Retired)

Judith A. Tyler

12/10/1979 – 7/31/2010

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A Career Working Drug Cases to Combat Illegal Distribution

Links to newspaper articles related to the cases Judy worked during her distinguished career with the FBI:

Kingpin is guilty in murder for hire Maurice Phillips arranged the slaying of a Montco woman who was cooperating with the FBI.

Convicted killer, drug ring kingpin Maurice Phillips gets 4 life terms

Drug kingpin Maurice Phillips’ girlfriend gets 12 years

Tough Talk About Cheap Lives And Costly Highs  (Pizza undercover case)

Bullets fly as cops capture drug suspect (Ugly Squad)


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Judy was among the first women to join the Norfolk Police Department. Here she is in uniform – 1975.











Judy standing guard over a drug seizures of bags filled with illegal Quaaludes prescription pills.










Judy reviewing a search warrant with a  suspect in one of the squads Quaalude drug cases.









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Members of the Needle & Gun Quilt Club – Retired FBI Agents Linda Brookman-Vizi (1980 -2004); Judy Tyler; Delia Kane (1979 – 2001)









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Former FBI Director Louie Freeh hands Judy her 20-year service certificate.











Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. Gina DayApril 10, 2020

    Re: Ep 004; I am always drawn to instances where good law enforcement works leads to exonerating suspects PRIOR to arrest, so their freedom is secured because an officer was paying attention. This cannot be overvalued. Thank you for highlighting this and MAD RESPECT for Judy Tyler from a fellow needle crafter.

    1. Jerri WilliamsApril 10, 2020

      Judy is a rockstar! Checkout the two other episodes (102 and 147) I did with her.

  2. JanineFebruary 14, 2016

    Very interesting. This was a great interview. I liked how you were involved in one of her cases.


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