Woman pleads guilty in heroin drug overdose case
A Winchester woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to causing bodily injury through distribution of heroin.
The defendant, Stephanie Diane Alkire, distributed an unspecified amount of heroin on April 5 that led to the near-fatal overdose of another woman.
Alkire, 23, is a co-defendant with Donna Jean Jenkins, 37, whose case is still pending.
Alkire signed a statement of facts Friday in which she admitted to selling three $50 bags of heroin to Jenkins at Jenkins’ residence on Bellview Avenue in Winchester.
The statement of facts reported that several witnesses said they saw Alkire arrive at the residence and give heroin to Jenkins, who later passed it on to the victim.
The victim’s name is blacked out on the statement of facts.
The statement of facts describes what happened during the overdose: “One witness recounted that upon using the heroin, (the victim) immediately lost consciousness, and another then saw her with blue lips, a pale face and her eyes rolled back in her head. Jenkins and other individuals at the residence attempted to revive her, began CPR and called 911.”
The statement of facts states that it took two doses of Narcan administered by EMTs to revive the victim at the scene. Narcan is a drug widely used to counter the effects of heroin overdoses.
An emergency room doctor told law enforcement officials that the victim would have died without the Narcan and related treatment at the scene.
The statement of facts reported that Alkire traveled earlier the same day to Baltimore where she obtained the heroin from a dealer and brought it back to Winchester.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Jay Perry, who is coordinator of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, said the Baltimore dealer has also been indicted in federal court, but refused to give his name.
Perry said the investigation into the activities of the dealer and several suspects is continuing.
Perry said he expected the investigation to be completed in “the next couple of months” with additional indictments forthcoming.
“Once we tie it up, there’s going to be lots of folks involved,” Perry said of the case.
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