A Loudoun County prosecutor will handle the case against a Haymarket man who allegedly was involved in a regional drug ring because the accused is related to two workers in the office of the Prince William County commonwealth's attorney.

Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert recused himself from prosecuting a drug possession case against Eugene Warren Allue II, 26, who was arrested Aug. 11 after police found him in possession of marijuana and suspected heroin.

Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert D. Anderson said Friday that Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Eric Strom will prosecute Allue.

Allue has been linked to a drug ring that allegedly operated out of a home in the Bull Run Estates community in northwestern Prince William, and police have arrested another man in connection with the alleged sale of crack cocaine out of that home.

According to court sources, Allue is the son of Patricia Allue, the director of Prince William County's Victim/Witness Assistance Unit and is the nephew of Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Dixon. Allue is scheduled to appear in Prince William County General District Court in September to face the drug charges.

Shirley Keisler, a lawyer who represents Allue's estranged wife, Tammy, said last week that prosecutors from outside jurisdictions also have handled separate cases involving domestic problems between the two.

Allue was arrested Aug. 11 after Prince William County police officers pulled over his Volkswagen van and conducted a routine search. They said they found him in possession of marijuana and found a bag of an opiate, which they believe to be heroin, between the driver's and passenger's seats.

Allue, who was released on $2,000 bond, could not be reached for comment.

Police later raided a home at 1844 Ridge Rd., where they found about two ounces of crack cocaine and several weapons.

Police had been investigating what they call a "significant" drug operation out of the home for the last four months, a ring that they said was selling nearly 10 ounces of crack each week to customers from throughout the region.