A multi-day drug task force operation in Farmville and Prince Edward County in May led to the arrest of 18 people on 63 various felony and misdemeanor charges.
The Piedmont Regional Narcotics and Gangs Task Force spearheaded the operation in the county after the charges were handed down by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury, according to a press release issued Wednesday, July 6.
Charges against the arrested suspects include distribution of controlled substances, possession of Schedule I/II narcotics with intent to distribute, conspiracy to sell Schedule I/II narcotics, possession of controlled substances, failure to appear in court, destruction of property, violations of probation, among others.
On May 18, 2022, the task force arrested the following individuals in the City of Farmville and Prince Edward County:
• Christopher Ray Lee, 42, of Rustburg
• Samuel E. Gaines, 36, prospect
• Courtney E. Benson, 31, of Rice
• Jamie L. Johnson, 39 years old
• William A. Johnson, 35, of Meherrin
• Delanta E. Harvey, 27, of Howardsville
• Shaina J. Riddle of Pamplin
• Shawtay S. Brooks, 44, of Rice
• Shawn C. Paige, 50, of Rice
• Melody M. Bigelow, 33, of Farmville
From May 17, 2022 to May 20, 2022, the task force arrested the following people in Buckingham County:
• Bennett L. McKay Jr., 38, of Meherrin
• Angel Torres Jr., 49, of Farmville
• Kevin Shumaker, 51, from Dillwyn
• James DS Murphy, 30, of Farmville
• Brent S. Franklin, 31, of Dillwyn
• Amanda S. Jamerson, 27, Dillwyn
• Timothy Randolph Jr., 32, of Cumberland
On May 19, 2022, Jonathan L. Randolph, 35, of Farmville, was taken into custody in Cumberland County.
The Piedmont Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force is made up of narcotics investigators and special constables from the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office, Farmville Police Department, Buckingham, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police’s Appomattox Field Office.