More defendants accused of participating in a large-scale drug-dealing operation plan to plead guilty to some related charges in federal court.

Several people arrested at the culmination of an investigation into a heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution ring that focused on Shenandoah County entered plea agreements in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg in the past week. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon presided over the defendants’ court appearances.

Some defendants could serve up to life in federal prison for their roles in the operation.

Dietrich Day II signed an agreement Friday reached between his attorney, Jessica F. Phillips, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson A. Hoffman that calls for the defendant to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin. A conviction of the felony carries a maximum penalty of between the mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison and/or $10 million. Day, 28, with a last known address of Dumfries pleaded guilty in the agreement to distributing and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute punishable by up to 20 years and/or $1 million.

Jonathan Lewis Hodges signed an agreement reached between his defense attorney, Gene Hart Jr., and Hoffman that called for the defendant to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. A conviction of the charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to the maximum punishment of life in prison and/or a $10 million fine. The agreement also calls for Hodges, 30, of New Market, to plead guilty to distribution of methamphetamine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine.

Tiffany Bowman Lopez signed the agreement reached between Hoffman and her defense attorney, Roland Santos, to conspiring to distribute and possess heroin with intent to distribute. A conviction of the felony carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine. Lopez, 30, of Quicksburg, also intends to plead guilty to one count of distribution of heroin that carries the same maximum punishment.

Christian Michael Burhop signed an agreement reached between his attorney, Michael Hemenway, and Hoffman, that calls for the defendant to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess 1,000 grams or more of heroin with the intent to distribute. A conviction on the charge carries a punishment from the mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison and/or a $10 million fine. Burhop, 27, of Basye, also pleaded guilty in the agreement to distributing and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine.

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