Charges Filed Against Drug Supplier in Fatal GHB Overdose

A Loudoun man is charged with felony drug distribution following the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a fatal accidental overdose of a Leesburg woman last summer.

Michael J. Napier
Michael J. Napier

Michael J. Napier, 32, of South Riding, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with felony distribution of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB). Investigators said Napier provided the drug to the victim during a consensual meeting June 21, 2015, at a home on Pyrite Court in Stone Ridge. He called 911 after he discovered the victim unconscious. She was taken to StoneSprings Emergency Center where she died.

An autopsy concluded the woman’s death was accidental and was caused by GHB poisoning.

The investigation was coordinated with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Napier was held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center pending a $20,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear again in Loudoun County District Court for a preliminary hearing April 7. If convicted, he faces a sentence of five to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000.

GHB is used as a general anesthetic in medical settings, but also is used as an intoxicant with a reputation as a date rape drug.

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