*“Operation Ice Melt” Nets 28 Area Residents on Meth, Heroin, Cocaine,

Acid/PCP, “Ecstasy,” Marijuana and Firearm Charges *

APPOMATTOX, Va. – A 12-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of 28 individuals within the Central Virginia region on approximately 100 drug and firearm charges. The Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force (CVDGTF) initiated “Operation Ice Melt” Thursday morning at residences and motels across the counties of Appomattox and Campbell. The charges stem from indictments recently handed up by both a Campbell County grand jury as well as a multi-jurisdictional grand jury. The CVDGTF is still searching for 15 additional individuals also indicted as part of this investigation.

More than 3,139 grams of methamphetamine, 212 grams of heroin, 54 grams of cocaine, 7,732 grams of marijuana, 251 MDMA tablets, 75 Morphine doses, and 10 Acid/PCP doses with a total estimated street value of $647,063 were seized during this extensive investigation. In addition, 13 illegal firearms were recovered within Appomattox and Campbell Counties. Three

individuals have been charged with selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

The indictments against the 28 arrested Thursday include Distribution of Methamphetamine; Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine; Distribution of Heroin; Distribution of Cocaine; Distribution of MDMA (aka “Ecstasy"); Distribution of an Imitation Controlled Substance; Distribution of a Schedule I/II within 1,000 feet of a School Zone; Third or Subsequent

Distribution of a Schedule I/II; Possession of Schedule I/II; Possession of Schedule I/II while in Possession of a Firearm; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Conspire to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Destruction of Property; Probation Violation; and Driving as a Habitual Offender.

Those apprehended Thursday were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail

in Rustburg and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Amherst.

The CVDGTF is made up of narcotics investigators with the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority assisted with Thursday’s arrest round up.

*Operation Ice Melt Arrestees:*

·Victoria Sumpolec DOB 04/20/1994, Spotsylvania

· James Timmy Scott DOB 06/18/1990, Shipman

·Cody Lipscomb DOB 04/22/1993, Madison Heights

· Andrew Simpson DOB 07/11/1988, Arrington

· Jonathan Ward DOB 08/19/1994, Forest

· Jason Rhuland DOB 09/04/1984, Evington

·Michael Pennell DOB 02/12/1982, South Boston

·Larry Grishaw DOB 03/25/1986, Concord

·Jerry Lowden DOB 02/12/1970, Madison Heights

· Gaige Wade DOB 04/28/1994, Lynchburg

· Devon McCoy DOB 10/10/1991, Lynchburg

· Jarrett Doss DOB 07/29/1979, Altavista

·Bridget Martin DOB 06/29/1987, Appomattox

·Emmanuel Whiting DOB 12/16/1983, Lynchburg

· William Brooks DOB 10/29/1985, Lynchburg

· Nicholas Ansbaugh DOB 07/08/1983, Lynchburg

· Samantha Ansbaugh DOB 06/25/1979, Lynchburg

· Kristopher Howard DOB 06/12/1988, Lynchburg

·Karla Whitehead DOB 09/24/1979, Rustburg

· Leroy Dews DOB 03/17/1973, Evington

· Joseph Tweedy Jr DOB 06/06/1984, Gladys

·Thomasina Wood DOB 07/16/1989, Lynchburg

· Laura Ayers DOB 12/20/1983, Appomattox

·Rodney Biglow DOB 01/22/1983, Appomattox

·Ricky Hodges DOB 03/29/1977, Appomattox

·Kristy Ratliff DOB 05/27/1985 , Appomattox

· James Amerman DOB 01/16/1978, Madison Heights

· Charles Rice DOB 11/29/1981, Appomattox

*Operation Ice Melt Fugitives:*

o Michael Donald DOB 10/15/1987, Lynchburg

o Jennifer King DOB 02/24/1985, Monroe

o Michael Patria DOB 04/10/1980, Lynchburg

o Jeremy Rose DOB 05/13/1981, Roseland

o Christopher Wood DOB 06/08/1981, Amherst

o Sherman Hackett DOB 08/19/1970, Lynchburg

o Rafael Watkins DOB 04/22/1984, Lynchburg

o Carmen Irby DOB 12/18/1987, Evington

o George Billy Harmon DOB 07/01/1969, Madison Heights

o Christopher Campbell DOB 01/30/1982, Altavista

o Jamie Morgan DOB 04/24/1982, Concord

o Ryan Martin DOB 10/02/1972, Lynchburg

o Jacob Kersey DOB 09/15/1995, Lynchburg

o Amanda Wood DOB 07/16/1987, Alton

o Melanie Irby DOB 05/05/1978, Gladys

Those with information about the 15 individuals still wanted on charges

related to Operation Ice Melt are encouraged to contact the CVDGTF through

the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (434) 332-9580.