By Joe Beck
Federal and local authorities have identified four more suspects linked to a man court documents describe as the largest heroin dealer in western Virginia.
Three of the defendants, Arthur "TenC" Marquinton Kinnard, Ashton "Cash" Grace Lewis-Kern and Francis D. Alvarez have made initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg in the last several days.
William Metcalf, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Thursday that a fourth defendant, Logan Rose, is being sought as a fugitive.
All have been indicted on a charge of conspiring to sell 1,000 or more grams of heroin and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.
A fifth defendant listed in the indictment, Kareem "Sunny" Allen Shaw, 38, of Dumfries, was arrested earlier in the year, but had not been indicted with the others until March 20.
Metcalf said Lewis-Kern, of Stephens City, was arrested a day or two ago in Stephens City. She made her initial court appearance Thursday.
"Kern was out of state, and she came back," Metcalf said. "We found she was in Stephens City, and we arrested her."
Alvarez was arrested in Woodstock and Kinnard in West Virginia, Metcalf said.
Metcalf said there may be other defendants added to the nine already indicted.
"It's not over," Metcalf said of the investigation. "We're still plucking away and working the case. It's ongoing."
Court documents have identified Shaw and Ronnie Maurice Jones, also known as "D.C." or "R.J.", as the most important figures in the alleged conspiracy.
Jones was arrested in June 2013 and has remained in custody since. Shaw was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his Dumfries residence in January.
An affidavit submitted by Metcalf describes Jones as the main source of heroin for a ring of heroin and crack dealers in Frederick, Warren, Page, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties at the time of his arrest.
Court documents state that Shaw, working in partnership with Jones, was a major supplier of heroin in Prince William and Stafford counties.
Other defendants previously listed in the case are Joshua Adam Pettyjohn, Charles William Smith Jr., and Columbus "Pete" Butler.
The latest indictment in the case includes a notice of forfeiture identifying items federal law enforcement officials have linked to the defendants and traced to their alleged offenses.
The items listed include about $14,400 in cash and a 1999 Mercedes Benz SUV.
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