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Drug dealer pleads guilty to selling heroin that killed Southlake teen in 2017

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In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

An Arlington man pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to a federal charge of selling the heroin that killed an 18-year-old in her Southlake home in December 2017.

Michael Dasean Robinson, 32, entered his plea Friday afternoon before U.S. District Judge John McBryde in a federal courtroom.

“Guilty, sir,” Robinson answered when asked by McBryde how he pleaded on the federal charge of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Robinson, who was shackled and dressed in a khaki shirt and pants, smiled at times as he sat in the courtroom guarded by U.S. marshals. The warehouse employee is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Robinson was a drug dealer from 2017 until January 2019, according to federal court documents.

Overdose victim’s mother: ‘They were children’

Robinson sold $40 worth of heroin on the night of Nov. 30, 2017, to Reed Bartosh, 18, of Colleyville, and his girlfriend, Brianna Flood, 18.

“All I know is that they were children,” said Lana Flood of Dallas, Brianna’s mother, in a telephone interview before the hearing. “This is happening everywhere.”

After buying the heroin, Bartosh and Flood drove back to her Southlake home, used the heroin and later fell asleep, according to federal court documents.

Bartosh told Southlake police he woke up the next morning to find his girlfriend unresponsive, tried CPR and then called 911.

Flood was pronounced dead at her home in west Southlake by paramedics. The teen died from heroin use and her death was an accident, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Officials with the medical examiner’s officer said her death was sudden.

“It was the first time she had tried heroin,” her mother said.

Bartosh later told Southlake police he had bought the heroin from a dealer known to him as “Tight,” according to court documents. “Tight” was later identified as Michael Dasean Robinson.

Less than a year after his girlfriend died, Bartosh committed suicide by shooting himself near his Colleyville home, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Undercover investigation leads to dealer’s arrest

The federal criminal complaint gave this brief account of Flood’s death and the investigation after her death:

Bartosh was given Robinson’s name by his co-workers in November 2017 as someone who would sell him heroin. Before his girlfriend’s death, Bartosh made just one other purchase from Robinson.

Flood and Bartosh had a recent history of using heroin, according to court documents.

After Flood’s death, Bartosh with the help of his attorney Bob Gill of Fort Worth cooperated with Southlake police on the investigation, providing detectives with Robinson’s name and a cell phone number.

In November 2018, DEA investigators were alerted to the information that Southlake police had and began an investigation into Flood’s death.

Just days after starting the investigation, an undercover officer texted Robinson, saying, “can you do 140 b and 60 g....” The message meant the undercover officer wanted to purchase $140 worth of heroin and $60 worth of cocaine.

A meeting was set for a residence in Forest Hill, where the undercover officer made the purchase for heroin and cocaine, but Robinson was not there. He had someone else there to hand over the drugs and get the cash.

Days later, Robinson showed up at the Forest Hill residence when the undercover officer made a second request for drugs.

Robinson was arrested that day after the undercover officers left the residence. Armed with a search warrant, investigators seized Robinson’s cell phone. A forensic analysis concluded Robinson had 100 heroin customers, 80 cocaine customers, 25 crack cocaine customers and 25 methamphetamine customers.

Based on text messages with customers, Robinson would distribute the drugs personally at times and on some occasions, he would direct customers to the address in Forest Hill.

Bartosh was a customer of Robinson, according to court documents. From Nov. 30, 2017, to April 11, 2018, the two exchanged 604 calls and text messages.

On the night of Nov. 30, 2017, Bartosh and Robinson exchanged 14 phone calls and 11 text messages.

Anyone needing help with drug addictions should call the Recovery Resource Council at 817-332-6329.

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