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Woman charged with murder in Golden Valley man's overdose death

The woman is accused of selling a lethal dose of fentanyl to the victim, who died last December.
Fentanyl pills. 

Fentanyl pills. 

A 30-year-old Shakopee woman has been charged with murder in a Golden Valley man's overdose death last December. 

Bibi Said, 30, of Shakopee, was charged via warrant on June 29 with third-degree murder-sell/give/distribute a controlled substance in connection to the man's death on Dec. 26, 2020. 

Said was arrested Tuesday, July 6, and booked into Hennepin County Jail, jail records show. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

According to the criminal complaint, Golden Valley police on Dec. 27, 2020, responded to a home on Lee Avenue for a medical emergency, where they found a man, dead, lying on the couch in the living room. His dog continued to lie next to him until police removed the pet. 

The victim's mother had found him on the couch after going to check on him because she hadn't heard from him. The victim's uncle was also there and called 911. 

Police searched the victim's home, finding a baggie with 3.5 pills marked with an "M." Testing confirmed the pills were fentanyl and an autopsy confirmed the victim's cause of death as the effects of alprazolam and fentanyl poisoning, charges state.

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The complaint notes three other deaths involving fentanyl-laced pills marked with an "M" occurred on Dec. 25, 2020, in Brooklyn Center. 

The victim's phone records pointed investigators to Said, noting a search of his phone showed several text messages between them in which they discussed him buying drugs from Said. 

On Dec. 26, 2020, the victim texted Said asking to buy drugs and indicated he was unhappy with the quality of the last drugs he bought from her. She said she'd make it up to him and that she was picking up a new batch. 

The victim requested four pills from the new batch and they agreed to meet. The victim sent Said a text at 7:16 p.m. thanking her, and at 8:40 p.m. he sent several texts to Said "worrying about the effect of the drugs," the charges state. In the messages, the victim said his couch is covered in sweat, and she called him at 9:11 p.m.

The last known communication from the victim was to his boyfriend at 9:25 p.m. 

The victim was not identified in the criminal complaint. 

According to the charges, Said was previously convicted of federal human trafficking charges and has an open case for fifth-degree drug possession. 

If convicted, Said could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine. 

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