Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Drug that Leads to Overdose Death

HARRISONBURG -- Jacie Elizabeth Kyger, 29, Harrisonburg, pleaded guilty on Thursday to distributing Fentanyl, a pain relieving prescription drug, to Kevin Michael Moyer, who died of an overdose. As part of the plea agreement, Kyger agreed to a 15-year sentence recommendation in a federal prison.

“This case shows how dangerous and highly addictive drugs like Fentanyl can be,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said, “Ms. Kyger exploited the weakness of others when she sold Fentanyl, and her acts ultimately led to an untimely death. When it comes to the problem of drug abuse, we must bring a comprehensive approach which combines enforcement with prevention and treatment.”

According to evidence, Kyger and Moyer had an on-going narcotics relationship. The investigation revealed many text messages sent between the two, showing the relationship and discussing Moyer buying Fentanyl from Kyger.

On Nov. 4, 2011, Kyger sold Moyer a Fentanyl patch and two Percocet pills for $60. The next morning, Moyer was found dead with a syringe filled with a liquid containing Fentanyl and a portion of the Fentanyl patch.

The Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia concluded that Mr. Moyer died of “acute Fentanyl toxicity.”

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