SANTA CLARA — The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested two 20-year-olds in Santa Clara Wednesday evening following a traffic stop that led to a search of their vehicle.
A vehicle traveling near Santa Clara Drive and Vernon Street was pulled over because the rear license plate was not illuminated, according to a probable cause statement written by Drug Task Force Agent Nick Hallman in support of the arrests. The driver, Lillian Frickberg-Everill, of Ivins, was identified by her Utah driver’s license.
“While talking with her I could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car,” Hallman wrote in the statement. “I asked the male passenger his name, and he told me Jake Maeclky.”
Hallman asked about the odor of marijuana and both told him they had also smelled marijuana. Frickberg-Everill said she thought a prior driver had used marijuana in the vehicle and that was why it smelled like that, according to the statement.
Due to the marijuana odor, Hallman asked both individuals to exit the car and then conducted a search of the vehicle. While searching the car, he found four small baggies containing suspected black tar heroin beneath the passenger seat next to a wallet.
“This type of packaging is consistent with how heroin is distributed,” Hallman wrote in the statement.
A fifth bag of suspected heroin was located in the vehicle’s glove box. All bags of substance were later tested and confirmed to be heroin. A white pill was found underneath the driver’s seat and was identified as acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The man later admitted the wallet was his and that he had hid the items underneath the seat when they got pulled over.
A police officer on scene informed Hallman the man had given a false name and, upon further investigation, the man’s real name was found to be Keeten Cleverly. Cleverly had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Frickberg-Everill and Cleverly were arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
After being read his Miranda rights, Cleverly admitted he had put the heroin under his seat, according to the statement. He also admitted to giving false information.
“(Keeten Cleverly) told me that he sometimes sells heroin,” Hallman wrote in the statement. “He told me that some of the heroin he had he was planning to give to his friends.”
Frickberg-Everill was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of heroin, a third-degree felony for possession of a schedule 2 drug, and a class A misdemeanor for obstruction of justice. She was being held on $11,850 bail but has since posted bond and been released from custody, according to court documents.
Cleverly was charged with a second-degree felony for distribution of heroin, a third-degree felony for possession of heroin, and a class C misdemeanor for providing false information to a police officer. According to current bookings information, Cleverly’s bail stands at $26,670, and he is still in custody at the time of this publication.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
- No-insurance traffic stop leads to 2 heroin arrests
- Woman arrested for heroin use in city park
- Man arrested after overdosing on heroin at Coronada Inn & Suites
Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2014, all rights reserved.