Toward the end of last week, a mass arrest dubbed “Operation After Frost” led to the indictments of 15 different individuals and approximately 34 charges.
It also lead to the execution of a search warrant at a residence that lead to the seizure of approximately 454 grams or one pound of suspected crystal methamphetamine valued at $45,400, according to Virginia State Police Special Agent R. B. George.
George said the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force conducted a mass arrest of suspects who had been targets of ongoing criminal investigations involving distribution of narcotics and firearm violations.
The charges consisted of distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of heroin/fentanyl, distribution of cocaine, possession of schedule I/II while in possession of a firearm, distribution of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
Police said the purpose of this operation is to safely apprehend those listed in the indictments; collect any readily available evidence associated with their charges; and secure and execute search warrants on structures and/or vehicles as the need arises.
“We also took the opportunity to focus efforts on attempting to locate subjects wanted throughout the county that were fugitives since we had such a strong contingency of resources/manpower allocated to this operation,” said George.
Those arrested include:
• Ashley Elizabeth Bowers, two counts of distribution of a schedule III;
• Shekita Chandler, one count of distribution of a schedule I/II (cocaine)
• Montreal Daymon Cheatwood, two indictments for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon: possession of a concealed weapon;
• Mable Victoria Cheatwood, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; two counts of distribution of schedule I/II (cocaine);
• Davey Gene Comer, possession of a controlled substance;
• Stefon Demario Davis, two counts of contempt of court (failure to appear) and two counts of violation of probation;
• James Wesley Dawson, larceny;
• Bryson Deshaun Dixon, eluding police, being a violent felon in possession of a firerarm, possession of schedule I/II, possession of a schedule I/II while in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition;
• Thomas Patrick Doyle, distribution of schedule I/II controlled substance;
• Jennifer Lynn Francisco, violation of probation;
• Samantha Renee Hutcherson, distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance;
• Brian King, three counts of distribution of schedule I/II controlled substance, third or subsequent offense;
• Antonio Palysia Lewis, two counts of distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance, third or subsequent offenses;
• Kimberly Crawford Lee, failure to appear (felony);
• Albert Guill Womack,two counts of distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance;
• Sarah Elliot Ingram, assault and malicious wounding; and
• Amanda Marie Overby, possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance and possession of a schedule III controlled substance.
This was a collaborative effort to apprehend individuals indicated through the Halifax Grand Jury, the Halifax/South Boston and State Police Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force (HRNGTF), Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and South Boston Police Dept.
Participating agencies include the HRNGTF, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Dept and the Virginia State Police (VSP).
The goal of “Operation After Frost” is to safely apprehend all indicted parties, according to George.
In addition, members participating in “After Frost” attempted to apprehend fugitives currently wanted by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Halifax Police Department and Virginia State Police.
Additional arrests are forthcoming.