Updates on Lynchburg news

More than 47 face charges after drug bust

More than 47 people are facing charges after a drug bust where the Lynchburg Police Department seized large amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin and firearms.

According to WSET ABC 13, “‘Operation Shockwave’ has been in the works since March 2023.”

“Operation Shockwave” was an undercover operation aimed at uncovering the purchases of guns and drugs in order to “bring to light” the numerous illegal drugs and guns being bought and sold.

According to WSLS 10, “Operation Shockwave” has “resulted in the combined seizure of 48,000 pressed fentanyl pills, over 6 kilograms of cocaine, over 3.7 kilograms of methamphetamine, over 164 grams of heroin and 40 firearms.”

The amount of drugs and firearms seized in the drug bust calculates to well over $1.6 million. Officials said the fentanyl gathered was enough to “kill over 200,000 people.”

Among the individuals arrested, LPD said that “an additional nine people have been charged with federal crimes” such as firearms trafficking and drug distribution.

According to WSET ABC 13, other law enforcement agencies and departments that assisted LPD with “Operation Shockwave” included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, among others.

“Operating Shockwave was a resounding success, showcasing the unwavering dedication of our local, state and federal law enforcement personnel who partnered to address criminal behavior that threatened the well-being of our community,” Lynchburg Police Department Chief Ryan Zuidema said.

Sturek is a news reporter for the Liberty Champion

Two injured in shooting

Lynchburg police are looking for the person responsible for shooting two people inside Waffle House at 2137 Wards Road early Sunday morning.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, a large fight was reported at the restaurant April 21 at 2:58 a.m.

While officers were on their way, 911 dispatchers received more calls about gunfire on
the scene.

When LPD arrived, two victims were found inside with gunshot wounds.

The responding officers provided aid until medics arrived and took both victims to
the hospital.

According to WFXR Roanoke, an unidentified 74-year-old victim is in critical condition, who was later confirmed by LPD to be a Waffle House security guard.

The other victim, 30 years of age, is in stable condition but remains unidentified. Both are being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital, according to WSET.

Detectives said that the suspect, identified as Omarian Fitch, fled in a black Nissan sedan, according to WSET. The incident is currently under investigation by the LPD.

Barber is a news reporter for the Liberty Champion

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