Distribution is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which Tommy Vercetti performs independently. This is the only asset mission for The Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company and is triggered from the company's factory in Little Havana, Vice City.


After purchasing the company for $20,000, Tommy Vercetti learns from the previous owner, Maude Hanson, that the company is actually a front and the "ice cream" sold is actually drugs. Seeing the opportunity in this, Tommy takes one of the company's ice cream vans and begins distributing the drugs through Vice City. After selling 50 "ice creams", whilst avoiding the attention of the police, the asset mission is completed.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Use your Mr. Whoopee Van to distribute Cherry Poppers product around the city.
    • You receive money for each transition you make, but the more transactions you make the more police attention you get.
    • Local gangs will not appreciate you doing business on their turf so expect hostility if you do so.


  • The player should sell the drugs in areas where a Pay 'n' Spray is located for a faster way of losing the wanted level attained during sales. The player can either park directly outside the establishment or drive around.
    • Viceport is an excellent location to do this mission as it spawns more pedestrians and a Pay 'n' Spray garage is located there.


  • This mission does not feature checkpoints, so the "ice creams sold" counter will be reset to zero if the player exits the ice cream van. Therefore, the fifty "ice creams" must be sold consecutively for the mission to be completed.


  • Following completion of this mission, the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company will generate a revenue of up to $3,000 a day. If the player owns at least seven assets, the penultimate mission Cap the Collector will be unlocked.



  • The basis of this mission could be a reference to the "Glasgow Ice Cream Wars" of the 1980s, where rival criminal syndicates distributed drugs and stolen goods throughout the city using ice cream vans.
    • It could also be a reference to the 1981 Cheech & Chong film Nice Dreams, where the main characters use an ice cream truck as a front to sell "Happy Herb's Nice Dreams" - which are stolen marijuana.

Video Walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 56 - Distribution (HD)

GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 56 - Distribution (HD)


iPad 2 Version
GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 56 - Distribution

GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 56 - Distribution



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