Virginia Beach woman pleads guilty to dealing fentanyl that led to fatal overdose


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a heroin and fentanyl distribution conspiracy that resulted in an overdose death.

Michelle Best is now facing more than 20 years in prison. 

Federal prosecutors say between July 2016 and March 2018, Best served as the supplier. She ran the operation out of her home at the Oceanfront.

Best kept ledgers to track drug purchases as well as debts owed and collected from the dealers she supplied. 

Her operation came to a crashing halt when Virginia Beach SWAT officers raided her home on Southside Road on March 13. Investigators seized nearly $42,000, 1.85 kilograms of cocaine, 1.12 kilograms of marijuana and 382 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl.

On December 16, 2017, Best sold fentanyl to a dealer who sold them to a woman. 

That woman overdosed. She went into a 17-hour coma and died the next day.

“Best was dealing death from the comforts of her beach-front neighborhood,” said U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. “Heroin and fentanyl do not discriminate across economic boundaries, and nor do we. We will remain vigilant in our pursuit of drug dealers who pump poison into our communities, no matter who they are or where they are.”

On Tuesday, Best pleaded guilty to selling more than 40 grams of fentanyl, 100 grams of heroin and 500 grams of cocaine during her year-and-a-half ring.

Best faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. She will be sentenced March 14.

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