ST. GEORGE – The man charged in a 2013 spice sting at Mike’s Smoke, Cigar and Gifts in St. George was arrested early Friday morning, along with his wife, on multiple drug, weapons and child endangerment charges.
Best, 29, and his wife, Erin Best, 27, both of St. George, were arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility at approximately 1 a.m. Friday following a search of their home by the Washington County Drug Task Force.
According to probable cause statements filed in connection with the arrests, the task force executed a search warrant at the Bests’ home in St. George at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
Task force members encountered Erin Best sitting on the floor in her son’s bedroom by the doorway, according to a statement. Investigators searched the child’s room and found a digital scale with a brown residue on it. Burnt tinfoil with suspected heroin residue was also alleged to have been found in the room.
A search of the master bedroom produced substances alleged to be heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, along with suspected drug paraphernalia. A handgun with ammunition was also discovered in an unlocked drawer of a nightstand that was close to the ground.
Due to the close proximity of the suspected drugs and the handgun to small children in the home – the Bests have two children, ages 6 and 7, according to a statement – Kyle and Erin Best were each charged with two counts of child endangerment.
A large safe was also found in the master bedroom and was searched. A number of operable guns were found inside the safe.
When questioned, Kyle Best allegedly told task force members that his fingerprints would be found on the guns. Kyle Best is listed as a convicted felon, which restricts him from owning firearms. According to the statement, he is also currently on probation.
A search of Kyle Best’s person produced two baggies that contained suspected heroin and methamphetamine.
Kyle Best was booked on class A and class B misdemeanor charges related to drug possession and five third-degree felonies related to drug possession, child endangerment and having access to a firearm as a restricted person. His bail currently stands at $27,533.
Erin Best was booked on a class A misdemeanor charge for tampering with evidence, two class B misdemeanors related to drug possession and five third-degree felonies related to drug possession, child endangerment and allowing access to a firearm by a restricted person. Her bail currently stands at $28,109.
Kyle Best was previously arrested by the task force in early 2013 while working at Mike’s Smoke, Cigar and Gifts in St. George. The smoke shop was raided by the drug task force as a part of a spice sting. As a result of the sting, Kyle Best was charged with a class A misdemeanor for drug possession with intent to distribute. That case is in the midst of court proceedings.
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