Failure to illuminate license plate leads to arrest for heroin distribution

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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.

Lillian Frickerberg-Everill, booking photo posted Dec. 3, 2014   Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Lillian Frickerberg-Everill, booking photo posted Dec. 3, 2014
Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“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.

Keeten Wyatt Cleverly, booking photo posted Dec. 3, 2014   Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Keeten Wyatt Cleverly, booking photo posted Dec. 3, 2014
Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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.

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12 Comments

  • Ken Carlton December 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Keep up the good work “Drug Task Force”. “Cleverly”….you can’t make this stuff up.

  • Koolaid December 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    License plates not being illuminated are always a reason cops will use to pull people over. The smelling an odor is just to instigate a further search. I wonder how many profile stops under this guise happen before they actually catch someone. I think the “no license plate illuminated” and a few other lame excuses have been used against me a few times when I was returning home from grocery shopping. I wonder how many driving under the influence of prescription meds the cops could get using similar profile tactics or just simply stopping people for minor and trite violations? BTW, what do you think about that cop who was 3X over the legal intoxicated limit, with kids and weapons in the truck and wrecking a taxpayer funded vehicle getting a slap on the wrist sentence?

    • Mike December 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Yeah, the license plate light out thing is called “Probable Cause.” If you think the cop is lying about it, become a lawyer and represent the little dirt bags that are too interested in getting stoned to care about checking the little things on their cars that the cops rightfully use for probable cause for a stop.

    • Mojojojo December 7, 2014 at 4:14 am

      An officer followed me once for a couple miles. I was about to pull over and ask if something was wrong. He eventually pulled me over for not having my license plate illuminated.

      I had nothing to hide but he sure wanted to find something. He even asked to sniff a bottle of water in my car. Must have been bored or something.

  • Missy December 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Real nice for the cop. Messed up, if you’re not associated with LE.

  • sagemoon December 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Dang junkies.

  • My Evil Twin December 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Hmm, seems ease enough to take a look at your car’s lights and see that you are legal there. But then, obviously these folks are not rocket scientists.

  • koolaid December 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    No complaints about them catching criminals. Big complaint about dirt bag cops getting off easy.

  • Dork Fish December 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’m quite surprised the police had time for this… Isn’t there a dance somewhere that needs to be broke up

  • Ster December 7, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I just want to say how grateful I am for the police officers of this country. These little things they do to keep us and our families safe make all the difference. Keep up the good work officers.

  • mo ferguson December 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    What is the draw to this area for the many, many unlicensed pharmacists that are being caught almost on a daily basis?? Like the wages are so high here that people have the spare money to purchase illicit drugs. Maybe it’s the “red rocks” of the area that attracts them….who knows??

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