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Cold Busted: Drug Arrest Follows Ice Rink Opening

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Richmond police make a drug bust just outside the new downtown ice rink Dec. 22 while Mayor Dwight Jones (inset) observes the commotion. Photos by Scott Elmquist.
  • Richmond police make a drug bust just outside the new downtown ice rink Dec. 22 while Mayor Dwight Jones (inset) observes the commotion. Photos by Scott Elmquist.

The mayor's ice-skating celebration last week was interrupted — briefly — by another kind of ice. Richmond police made a narcotics bust just outside the new rink on East Broad Street about 20 minutes after the mayor proudly unveiled what he calls “our own little Rockefeller Center” behind CenterStage.

All manner of city dignitaries were in attendance at the Dec. 22 event, including Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood and most of Mayor Dwight Jones' senior staff. Jim Ukrop and Bob Mooney were floating about along with Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels' mascot, and Legendary Santa.

A spokeswoman for the Richmond Police Department couldn't confirm the nature of the blue lights by press time. Police officials say there was a “vice arrest” at the same intersection hours after the skating rink celebration.

Just after 6:30 p.m. however — half an hour after the start of the Broad Street rink's opening ceremony — the police chief informed Jones that officers were making a “narcotics bust.” Jones, shooting Norwood an icy glare, didn't respond.

The rink, RVA on Ice, was closed Sunday because of the snowstorm. Regular hours are 4-10 p.m.

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