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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

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Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ Erin Apgar sentenced to jail for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to 2016 overdose death of Edgar Escobar ~


FAIRFAX (April 6, 2018)-Late yesterday, Erin Apgar, 38 of Centreville, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, including four years and eleven months of active incarceration, for her role in the fentanyl-related overdose death of a Northern Virginia man in 2016. The sentence was imposed by Judge David Bernhard of Fairfax Circuit Court after Apgar pled guilty on January 11, 2018 to two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of felony failure to appear. Prosecutors from Attorney General Mark R. Herring's office and Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh's office prosecuted the case following an investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, and FBI.


"Fentanyl is driving the rise in overdose deaths in Virginia and around the country," said Attorney General Herring. "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," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "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 Multijurisdictional Grand Jury for indictments following an investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI.


Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin/opioid crisis a top priority. He has utilized a comprehensive approach that includes enforcement alongside education and prevention measures, advocacy for expanded treatment options, and legislation. His team has worked more than 110 cases against dealers and traffickers involving more than 665 pounds of heroin with a street value of about $37 million. He is also helping to lead a nationwide investigation into the role pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors may have played in creating or prolonging the epidemic.


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