Dumfries man convicted of causing 6 overdoses in Fairfax Co.

A Dumfries, Virginia, man was convicted Wednesday on charges that he caused the overdoses of six people in Fairfax County.

One year ago, Michael Vaughn, 28, distributed cocaine laced with fentanyl at a party inside an apartment in the Skyline area of Fairfax County, according to court documents and evidence presented at trial.

Six people took the drug, thinking it was cocaine, and overdosed. Five were saved by Narcan; one died.



Evidence presented at trial showed Vaughn intentionally added fentanyl to the cocaine. Vaughn also had about 60 more grams of fentanyl powder at his home when he was arrested in October of last year.

Vaughn was convicted on charges of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and serious bodily injury, and possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison; his sentencing is set for Dec. 21.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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