Loudoun County’s Focused Effort Leads to Arrest of a Major Fentanyl Dealer

Loudoun County, VA – In a significant blow to the illegal fentanyl trade in Northern Virginia, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) successfully apprehended a major distributor of the deadly drug. This morning, Austin Shin, a 24-year-old resident of Aldie, VA, was arrested following extensive investigations by the LCSO’s Drug and Gang Unit, alongside the Tactical Support Unit.

The arrest, conducted outside Shin’s residence, comes after several months of diligent investigation into the proliferation of fentanyl in the region. This operation resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of illicit substances and firearms. Authorities confiscated thousands of fentanyl pills, a handgun with ammunition, over $6,000 in US currency, and 10.2 ounces of marijuana. Notably, Shin’s criminal history includes a 2022 arrest in Alexandria, VA, where he was caught with approximately one thousand fentanyl pills and a firearm. At the time of today’s arrest, Shin was under probation for these prior charges.

Shin faces multiple serious charges, including three counts of Distribution of Fentanyl, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute, and three counts related to the distribution of narcotics near school property. Additional charges include one count of Possession, Manufacturing, and Distribution of a Weapon of Terrorism (Fentanyl), one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and one count of Possession of a Firearm while in possession of narcotics. He is currently held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg.

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman emphasized the significance of this arrest, stating, “I am committed to ending the distribution of fentanyl in Loudoun County, and this is an important arrest in our ongoing war to hold distributors of this lethal drug accountable.” This operation underscores the county’s relentless efforts to combat the fentanyl crisis, which has claimed numerous lives. Last year, Loudoun County reported 19 fatal and 71 non-fatal opioid-related overdoses, with juveniles involved in 22 of the non-fatal cases. Fentanyl was implicated in nearly all these incidents, highlighting the urgent need for continued enforcement and public awareness.

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