Harrisonburg Woman Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl
Jacie Kyger Agrees to 15-Year Sentence Recommendation
HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA -- A local woman who sold the drugs that ultimately led to the overdose death of a Timberville, Va. man, pled guilty yesterday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg to related charges.
Jacie Elizabeth Kyger, 28, of Harrisonburg, Va., waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to a one count Information charging her with distributing Fentanyl. As part of the plea agreement, Kyger has agreed to a 15-year sentence recommendation in Federal prison.
“This case shows how dangerous and highly addictive drugs like Fetanyl can be,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “Ms. Kyger exploited the weakness of others when she sold Fetanyl, 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 a statement of facts entered into evidence by Assistant United States Attorney Grayson Hoffman and agreed to by the defendant, Kyger had an on-going narcotics relationship with Kevin Michael Moyer. The investigation revealed a large number of text messages sent between the two establishing that relationship and discussing Moyer purchasing Fentanyl from Kyger.
In early November 2011, the two discussed, via text message, Kyger selling Moyer a Fentanyl patch and two Percocet pills. On November 4, 2011, Kyger sold Moyer the drugs for $60. On the morning of November 5, 2011, the body of Kevin Michael Moyer was found lying on the floor of his parent’s home. A syringe containing a liquid containing Fentanyl and a portion of a Fentanyl patch were found next to Moyer’s body in his parent’s bathroom. The Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia concluded that Mr. Moyer died of “acute fentanyl toxicity.”
The investigation of the case was conducted by the RUSH Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrisonburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Grayson Hoffman will prosecute the case for the United States.