Operation “Breaking Ice”

breaking iceIn December 2013, Manchester Police arrested two local major ice dealers. An investigation revealed that the illegal drug was coming from Mexico to Atlanta, GA and then to Manchester. The investigation also revealed that a suspect in Coffee County had connections in the Atlanta area. The person was making regular trips bringing ice back to Coffee County to distribute plus the suspects and drug sales were gang related.
In November 2014, the intelligence came to life and operation “Breaking Ice” went into full motion. Manchester Police worked with agents from the FBI as well as local officers and investigators with Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Tullahoma Police Department.
Breaking Ice continued until Friday when police began rounding up the alleged drug dealers. Sixteen of the 96 alleged drug dealers are already in federal custody and several more are being held in the Coffee County Jail. Two of the suspects are juveniles and will be cited in juvenile court. Over 150 drug cases were made during the Breaking Ice operation and many hours of hard work went into making this the largest operation to date by the Manchester Police Department. Drugs taken off the street include Meth (Ice), Heroin, Marijuana, synthetic drugs and diverted pills such as Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Adderall and Xanax.
Investigators Jackie Matheny and Jonathon Anthony took the lead and worked with other officers and departments to make the operation a success.