Dealer Pleads Guilty in Fatal ‘Date Rape Drug’ Case

An Aldie man faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to distribution of a drug that resulted in the death of a Leesburg woman.

According to court documents, Michael Napier, 35, distributed 1,4-butanadiol, an analogue of Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) that resulted in a fatal poisoning in June 2015.

GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is commonly referred to as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug.

A medical examiner’s autopsy report for the victim listed the cause of death as GHB Poisoning, and toxicology analysis revealed GHB was present in the victim’s blood and 1,4-butanadiol in her urine.

Three days after her death, Napier was arrested in Loudoun County for driving under the influence of drugs, where officers recovered a 500ml bottle of 1,4-butanadiol. Investigators then determined that Napier had purchased a 1-liter bottle of 1,4-butanadiol online a month earlier and found text messages between Napier and the victim discussing drug distribution the eve of her death.

Napier faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on Aug. 23.

The case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets/HIDTA Task Force-Northern Virginia, which includes agents and detectives from Fairfax County, PWC Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police, Vienna Police, Alexandria City Police and Herndon Police.

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