Pins that are kings
So I wondered, why would a “female kingpin” not be a “queenpin”? Turns out that a kingpin is 1) an axle 2) the front pin in bowling or 3) any person who is the head of something.
Then I wondered why it was worth pointing out in the lead that it’s a “female kingpin,” instead of just a kingpin. If the suspected kingpin were a man, would we say he’s a “male kingpin”? Kind of doubt it. I guess even in these enlightened times it’s still unusual for a woman to be suspected of running a meth ring.
On the other hand, I do think the suspect’s first name (Tonia) is pretty much a dead giveaway that she’s female.