Since established in March 2013, the Piedmont Regional Narcotics and Gang (PRNG) Task Force conducted its first mass arrest operation in Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties. Twenty-three men were taken into custody this week on approximately 100 felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from various task force investigations. The majority of the offenses are related to marijuana, cocaine and prescription drug possession and distribution charges. “The task force and its partnering agencies hope this extensive arrest operation sends a clear and impactful message to our communities,” said Special Agent and Task Force Coordinator G.K. Phillips, Virginia State Police. “Illegal drug and gang-related activity will not be tolerated, and the task force will continue to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute those who persist on breaking the law and endangering the safety and well-being of our residents.” The PRNG Task Force consists of investigators from the Farmville and Longwood University police departments; and Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward county sheriff’s offices; and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. This week’s extensive operation resulted from the assistance and coordination of the Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties’ Commonwealth Attorneys. The Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, Piedmont Regional Jail and local magistrate offices also provided resources to the initiative. Arrested were: Rapheal Jovon Ayres, 23, of Dillwyn, Va., David Brenton Banks, 23, of Dillwyn, Va., Ja’vard Antonoi Bolden, 23, of Dillwyn, Va., Jamel Antwonne Bolden, 25, of Dillwyn, Va., DeJuan Lee Booker, 26, of Dillwyn, Va., Jamal Anthony Booker, 22, of Dillwyn, Va., Ladarious M. Booker, 21, of Farmville, Va., Saivon Jarson Brooks, 19, Farmville, Va., Marquis Antoine Brown, 25, of Dillwyn, Va., Andre T. Chambers, 27, of Dillwyn, Va., Antonio D. Chambers, 22, Scottsville, Va., James N. Chambers, 45, of Farmville, Va., Daniel Lawson Correll, 29, of Farmville, Va., Tymaine A. Edmonds, 20, of Farmville, Va., James Reginald Foster, 51, of Prospect, Va., Edward Andrea Jones, 49, of Farmville, Va., Brody Randall Meadows, 54, of Burkeville, Va., Tyshaun T. Morton, 19, Farmville, Va., Kelly Ivanhoe Patterson, 27, of Dillwyn, Va., Sharod M. Patterson, 20, of Cumberland, Va., Joshua P. Scott, 24, of Rice, Va., Meikus K.C. Tisdale, 27, of Meherrin, Va., Lewis A. Tyree Jr., 21, of Dillwyn, Va. Editor’s Note: Mugshots for Rapheal Jovon Ayres, age 23 of Dillwyn, and David Brenton Banks, also age 23 of Dillwyn, were unavailable at press time.