Thirty-eight-year-old Erin Apgar of Centreville was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison, including four years and 11 months of active incarceration, for her role in the fentanyl-related overdose death of an Aldie man in 2016.
The sentence was imposed by Judge David Bernhard of Fairfax Circuit Court after Apgar pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of felony failure to appear, according to a release from the Virginia Attorney General's office.
"Fentanyl is driving the rise in overdose deaths in Virginia and around the country," Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said in a prepared statement. "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."
Evidence presented in court showed that in May 2016 Apgar sold Edgar Escobar fentanyl-laced heroin that contributed to his overdose death in an Aldie home. Apgar had traveled to the District of Columbia on multiple occasions to secure heroin for Escobar, arranging to exchange the drugs for cash outside a Centreville area bar.
In 2017, Apgar fled while out on bail awaiting trial on felony charges related to the narcotic distribution that led to Escobar's death. She has previous convictions for credit card larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery and numerous probation violations.
"As tragic as Escobar's death was, I am pleased that Erin Apgar, the distributor of this deadly poison was held accountable," Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) said in a prepared statement. "This should send a message to all drug traffickers about our commitment to put you behind bars."
The case was prosecuted by Virginia Assistant Attorney General Marc J. Birnbaum and Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Meghan E. Gosline, who presented the case to the Northern Virginia Multi jurisdictional Grand Jury following an investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and FBI.