A man at the center of one of Augusta County's most notorious gang-related crimes is now back behind bars. This time, Shaun Adam Sams is facing a pair of felony drug charges.
It's been nearly five years since Sams pleaded guilty to felony charges of gang participation and recruiting a juvenile. Court documents said he was a Crips member who had sex with a 15-year-old girl as her initiation into the criminal street gang.
Now 23 years old, the Verona man was indicted this week by a special grand jury on two counts of distributing methamphetamine. The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says it investigated Sams's alleged drug activity over a two-month period.
Deputies say they have no indication that these new offenses are gang-related. But the special grand jury specializes in gang activity, and investigators believe Sams still has ties to Crips members.
Todd Lloyd with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said, "It definitely makes our job a little harder, and you've got to be a little more selective in what you can do, and you know, counteract who he knows and everybody else associated with him."
Sams was arrested on Tuesday, and is being held in the Middle River Regional Jail. There is no word yet on his first court appearance.
When Sams pleaded guilty to those gang charges in 2007, a judge suspended 12 years of his sentence. So if he's convicted of the drug charges, he could face prison time for that, and have some or all of those 12 years tacked on.