A 38-year-old Centreville woman was sentenced April 5 to prison for suppling a fatal dose of Fentanyl-laced heroin to a man who died in an Aldie home in 2016.
In Fairfax County Circuit Court, Erin Apgar was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but four years and eleven months of that time suspended. Apgar had pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of felony failure to appear in court.
According to evidence presented in court, in May 2016 Apgar sold Edgar Escobar fentanyl-laced heroin that contributed to his overdose death in an Aldie home. Apgar purchased the drugs in District of Columbia and on multiple occasions sold Escobar heroin outside a Centreville-area bar.
Last year, Apgar fled while out on bail awaiting trial. She has previous convictions for credit card larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery, and probation violations.
The case was prosecuted by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office along with the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has targeted prosecutions against drug dealers and traffickers, working more than 110 cases involving more than 665 pounds of heroin with a street value of about $37 million. Herring also is helping to lead a nationwide investigation into the role pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors played in creating or prolonging the opioid epidemic.
“Fentanyl is driving the rise in overdose deaths in Virginia and around the country,” Herring said in a statment after the sentencing. “Fentanyl is deadly in such small doses, and is so indistinguishable from heroin, that users can overdose and die on any use. We will continue to crack down on heroin and fentanyl dealers and traffickers who try to profit off addiction.”
Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman also issued a statement in the case. “As tragic as Escobar’s death was, I am pleased that Erin Apgar, the distributor of this deadly poison was held accountable. This should send a message to all drug traffickers about our commitment to put you behind bars.”