Accused heroin dealer appears in federal court after arrest

By Joe Beck

A Dumfries man accused of selling drugs with another man described in court records as the largest heroin and cocaine dealer in western Virginia made his initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

U.S. Magistrate James Welsh ordered Kareem Allen Shaw, 38, to remain in jail after determining that probable cause existed to believe Shaw had committed a crime, and the defendant declined to seek release on bail, according to online court records.

An affidavit signed by William Metcalf, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, states that confidential informants reported that Shaw worked closely with Ronnie Maurice Jones in supplying heroin and crack to other dealers throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley and the eastern part of the state.

The affidavit states that several confidential informants identified Jones as the largest heroin and crack dealer in western Virginia.

The affidavit states informants told authorities that Shaw and Jones divided up the market with Jones selling mostly in Frederick, Warren, Page, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties and Shaw working in Prince William and Stafford counties.

The affidavit describes a series of drug transactions that confidential informants said they conducted with Shaw and Jones in 2013. Jones was arrested in June 2013 while traveling on Interstate 66. The affidavit states he was “believed to be traveling to resupply Shaw in the eastern district of Virginia with narcotics.”

The affidavit states that Shaw was arrested after execution of a search warrant at his Dumfries residence on Jan. 18. In a subsequent statement to authorities, Shaw said Jones “came to him in late 2012 looking for better heroin. Shaw stated that Jones complained about the quality of heroin and cost from sources in Richmond and Washington, D.C. Shaw stated he does not sell narcotics but did assist Jones with shipments of heroin from New York City to the western district of Virginia.”

One confidential informant cited amounts of money possessed by Jones and Shaw that reached $130,000 in June 2013, according to the affidavit.

Another confidential informant reported that Jones gave him or her “a lunch box full of heroin and crack cocaine to sell with Shaw,” according to the affidavit.

The same informant described the heroin as “the size of a softball with packaging.”

Thomas Faison, a public information with the ATF, said in an interview Wednesday that Shaw’s arrest is part of a wider ranging continuing investigation.

“It’s a significant blow to heroin sales in Northern Virginia,” Faison said, adding that the case also involved many local law enforcement agencies and spanned “many jurisdictions in a wide area.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com