FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In methamphetamine’s seedy underworld, traffickers are disguising the drug as a liquid to smuggle it into the United States from Mexico.

Dissolved in a solution, it’s sealed in tequila bottles or plastic detergent containers to fool border agents and traffic officers. Once deep in California’s Central Valley, a national distribution hub, meth cooks convert it into crystals — the most sought-after form on the street.


Tough policing has driven the highly toxic super-labs south of the border where meth is manufactured outside the sight of U.S. law enforcement, but the smaller conversion labs are popping up domestically in neighborhoods, such as one in Fresno where a house exploded two years ago.

People inside the home had sealed it tightly so the tale-tell fumes didn’t give them away.

“These guys, they don’t have Ph.D.s in chemistry,” said Sgt. Matt Alexander of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. “They’re focused on not getting caught.”

Investigators say it’s impossible to know how much liquid meth crosses the border, but agents in Central California say they have been seeing more of it in the past few years.

A California Highway Patrol officer in late 2012 pulled over a 20-year-old man on Interstate 5 who said he was headed to Oregon from Southern California and seemed nervous. The officer found 15 bottles in the trunk full of dissolved meth but labeled as Mexican tequila.

The man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and received a federal prison sentence of 46 months.


Three men were indicted in late 2013 and await trial after a drug task force found 12 gallons of liquid meth in a Fresno house along with 42 pounds of the drug ready for sale, four guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

Officers raided a Madera home earlier this year, finding a lab used to convert liquid meth into 176 pounds of crystals with a street value over $1 million. Nobody was arrested, but agents said the bust dealt a blow to the organization behind the lab.

Mike Prado, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigation’s Fresno office, said law enforcement agencies are always on the lookout for creative ways cartels smuggle meth.

“We’ve become better at detecting certain things,” Prado said. “When they catch on to that, they modify their methods.”

The super-labs driven south to Mexico are notoriously toxic to people and the environment, but Prado said the small conversion labs in the Central Valley are more dangerous. His agents have found them in densely populated apartment buildings and foreclosed homes in quiet neighborhoods where children play on the street.

In the conversion process, cooks evaporate off the liquid and use highly combustible chemicals such as acetone to make crystals. The fumes are trapped inside. “A spark can turn this into a fireball,” Prado said.

That’s what happened in 2012, when a home in a middle-class area of Fresno was blown off its foundation. The blast shot the air conditioner into a neighbor’s yard; another neighbor had to replace a roof rippled by the concussion. Two men ran from the home, and investigators said a third was seriously injured.

Central California’s interstates and proximity to Mexico make it an attractive distribution hub for cartels, officials say.

John Donnelly, until recently in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Fresno office, said agents all over the country have tracked meth to California’s Central Valley. “We’re the source point for Seattle, Portland, Alaska and as far east as the Carolinas,” Donnelly said.

Not all the meth travelling north makes its way to Central California. Two men were arrested last month in San Bernardino when investigators found a conversion lab, 206 pounds of crystal meth and 250 gallons of the liquid capable of producing 1,250 pounds of crystals.

The seized drugs, which investigators suspect came from Mexico, were valued at $7.2 million.

Not all liquid meth makes it across the border. Last year, a 16-year-old from Mexico was stopped at the crossing near San Diego. He volunteered to take “a big sip” to convince inspectors the liquid he had was only apple juice, not meth. The teenager began screaming in pain and died within hours.

Eric L. Olson, a Latin America researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C., said he witnessed agents seize liquid meth disguised in soda bottles during a 2012 tour of the border crossing at Laredo, Texas.

Liquid meth is just the latest innovation for transporting drugs for profit, he said. Smugglers have used tunnels, submarines, drones and once, Olson said, a 90-year-old farmer was used as a decoy.

“There’s no end to the creativity to getting the drug to market when there’s demand,” he said of the turn to liquid meth.





A Mexican-national woman with a child inside her truck was arrested on Interstate 5 for smuggling methamphetamine Thursday morning.

At approximately 7 a.m., agents became suspicious of a 41-year-old woman driving a 2007 Ford F-150 on Interstate-5 and referred her for a secondary inspection.

A K-9 performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 15 bundles of methamphetamine hidden behind a rear-seat backrest. When agents notified the driver of their discovery and attempted to arrest the woman, she resisted and placed her 9-year-old U.S. citizen daughter between her and the arresting agent. Nearby agents responded to help the agent quietly handcuff the woman and calm the child.

The bundles of meth weighed 24.14 pounds and are valued at $241,400.

The woman was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and agents contacted County of San Diego Child Welfare Services, who took custody of the child. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.



INDIANA (WTHI) – Already this year Indiana State Police have busted 600 meth labs across the Hoosier state.
But now, imagine purchasing a brand new house that used to be a meth lab. If you live in Indiana, there’s a chance that could happen to you.

That’s why Indiana State Police created a new website to help ease the community’s concern when it comes to making a large purchase.

You can now head to their website under the meth suppression section and see if police found meth inside any house, car or boat.

“It will show what chemicals, it will show the date time and location, it will show the chemicals involved it will show the vehicle the house in written form,” explained Sgt. Joe Watts, Indiana State Police. “So you will know if you a purchasing a house, if you’re going to stay at a hotel if you’re going to buy a car,, you’ll be able to research this at our website under meth suppression and be able to find if a meth lab was seized at that residence.”

And it’s easy to use! The website is broken down by date, time and location by county.

So, if you’re purchasing a home in Vigo Coutny you can search through just your area.

“In the past there had been some homes that may have skated through the system folks may have been purchasing a home or vehicle and not know that a meth lab had been seized in there so this bill will now gives folks a piece of mind they can do some research on there own,” Watts continued.

Ultimately the website was created to keep families safe. You can find a full report that breaks down what kind of meth lab it was and what materials were found inside the home or vehicle.

“These chemical are toxic and have long term health effects,” Watts said. “So when we learn up a lab currently we post the house uninhabitable until cleaned up and re-inspected by the county health department.”

Once the house is cleared by the health department it is removed from the website.

For more information, go check out this new website! Once you’re there, just click on ‘Clan Lab Addresses’ on the right hand side.



AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – An Opelika woman has been arrested in reference to suspicion of possessing illegal substances for the use of manufacturing methamphetamine.

On June 11, 2014, Narcotics Section detectives from the Auburn Police Division contacted 55-year-old Carron Denise Otter in the 2400 block of Moore’s Mill Road after visiting two different pharmacies in the area.


Otter was arrested on one count of Criminal Possession of a Precursor Chemical, which is a Class B felony.

She was transferred to the Lee County Detention Center and held on a $30,000 bond.



Furious about a fence, Barry Swegle used his logging bulldozer to destroy his neighbors’ homes, trucks and boats


A Washington state meth head who used a logging bulldozer to annihilate his neighbors’ homes, crush their vehicles and topple nearby power lines was sentenced to a mere 29 months in prison. As part of his plea deal in Clallam County Superior Court on Wednesday, Barry Swegle was also ordered to shell out $38,000 in restitution for the reckless spree, despite causing an estimated $400,000 in property damage, the Peninsula Daily News reported.


Shackled and wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit, the 52-year-old tweaker blamed the May 2013 melee on his longtime drug use. He then offered an apology that fell on more than a few deaf ears. “I am not the type of person that wrecks property or tries to hurt people,” Swegle said. “Never have been, never will be.”

His rampage, which attracted national attention for its ruthless absurdity and ruin, casts the convict in a slightly different light. Apparently furious over a fence his neighbor built, Swegle went ballistic and climbed into a logging bulldozer he owned on May 10, 2013. He then carved a path of destruction through his Port Angeles neighborhood, razing four homes and smashing a pickup truck, boat and tractor. As a grand finale, Swegle plowed his bulldozer into a power pole, which cut the electricity to several thousand homes in the area.


Cops quickly hauled the maniac off to jail, where he’s been ever since. But despite the demolition derby, prosecutors claim they were unable to pursue stiff charges against Swegle.

“We have listened to their concerns, but our felony attorneys have exhaustively researched the possible charges, including assault and attempted murder, and the legal and factual likelihood of convictions on those charges,” prosecutor John Troberg said in a prepared statement. “We concluded that we cannot bring those charges as not supported by admissible evidence.”


Instead, prosecutors took a plea from Swegle last week, which included him copping to seven counts of first-degree malicious mischief, a class B felony, and three counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Predictably, his neighbors were none too pleased. “[Swegle’s] rampage totally destroyed our properties and almost took our lives,” resident Dan Davis wrote in a victim impact statement filed in Superior Court.

Swegle’s defense attorney, Karen Unger, insisted to the court that her client had no intention of harming people. “If Mr. Swegle did want to kill anyone, he would have gotten in his bulldozer in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep and ran right over them,” she said.




TOWN OF VIRGILWhile assisting on the delivery of a foreclosure notice, Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputies uncovered an active meth lab.

Deputies were called to 854 Sherman Road in the Town of Virgil to evict the residents of the home, when they found a meth lab in a building on the property. The buildings were secured and the State Police CCSERT and an environmental waste company were called to help with the clean-up.


The former owner of the property, 41-year-old Keith Dodge was pulled over in his car not far from the scene and arrested. 21-year-old Tyler Bergman, of Tully, was in the car with Dodge and was also arrested.

Bergman was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, for having metal knuckles.

Dodge is charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Dodge was arraigned and taken to jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.



NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC A two-year investigation by state and local authorities in Newberry, Laurens and Fairfield Counties culminated in a major drug sweep that was launched Thursday morning.

More than 100 warrants were issued against 45 people in the tri-county area for crimes ranging from trafficking in heroin to trying to buy the ingredients used in manufacturing methamphetamine, Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster said. At the same time, an additional 20 people have been charged with trying to buy Sudafed in order to manufacture methamphetamine.

Most troubling, Foster said, was the increase in heroin trafficking noted during the investigation.

A crackdown against prescription drug abuse has sent many addicts searching for alternatives, such as heroin, Foster said. Heroin is cheaper – ranging in cost between $10-20 compared to $40-80 for the often-abused drug Oxycontin – but potentially much more dangerous. Quality of the illegal opiate must always be suspect and users often share needles leading to the spread of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, Foster said.

The investigation by SLED and county anti-drug units was prompted by complaints from citizens, Foster said.

The arrests, which started Thursday morning were expected to continue through the weekend, Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler said.





Thomas Edmond Van Haele, an elderly Hysham resident with a felony record of sex and drug offenses, admitted federal drug charges Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings.

Van Haele, 72, pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with two counts of distributing methamphetamine for twice selling meth to an undercover agent in Billings in June 2012.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean said the sales occurred in the parking lot of Lee’s Saloon, 530 S. 27th St. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration had been investigating meth dealing by Van Haele in the Billings area since May 2012, he said.

Van Haele’s wife, Karen, 71, a co-defendant, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of simple possession for having meth in Billings. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters immediately sentenced her to two years of probation and fined her $1,000. Karen Van Haele originally was indicted on three felony drug charges.

Thomas Van Haele’s plea deal calls for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the defense to recommend a five-year sentence on each count, to run concurrently. The maximum penalty for distribution is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

If the judge accepts the agreement, Van Haele cannot withdraw his guilty plea. If the judge rejects the deal, Van Haele can withdraw his plea and go to trial.

Watters set sentencing for Oct. 9. Van Haele remains in custody.

Van Haele originally was indicted on four counts, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and two distribution charges.

In addition, the government will seek to dismiss a notice of its intent to seek increased punishment for Van Haele because of his prior felony record for a 1982 conviction in Yellowstone County for criminal possession with intent to sell drugs.

He was sentenced on that conviction to 15 years at Montana State Prison.

Van Haele also is a registered Level 3 sex offender with the Montana Department of Justice. A Level 3 offender is considered a high risk to re-offend. He was sentenced in 1992 for two sex offenses involving a girl in Custer County, state records said.

Van Haele also told Watters he was convicted of aggravated assault in 1981 in Yellowstone County.



SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In a flurry of events involving methamphetamine, conspiracy theories about spying, a .22 calibre handgun and a married couple of nine years, one man has been arrested in Salem.

Alvaro Esquivel-Quiroz, 29, faces a slough of charges after allegedly holding his wife at gunpoint throughout the night of June 10.


Before being arrested June 11 with methamphetamine and its corresponding paraphernalia, Esquivel-Quiroz accused his wife of conspiring with neighbors to install listening devices in the walls of their home on 47th Ave. SE in Salem.

Esquivel-Quiroz allegedly assaulted and menaced her until she fell asleep, and then went to work the next morning.

He is charged with assault, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine, menacing, interfering with making a report, theft and reckless endangering.

In a statement, Salem Police said they believe meth played a role in Esquivel-Quiroz’s “erratic behavior and delusions.”

An estimated 1.3 million women in America suffer physical violence from an intimate partner every year, and most cases are not reported to police, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“If you have been the victim of domestic violence please call 911, the Sheriff’s Office and its community partners have numerous resources to assist you,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Chris Baldridge said in a statement.




A Calhoun couple was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine as a result of a joint Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, State Parole Board investigation this week. State parole officers and deputy sheriffs searched the residence of Randy Thomas Myers, age 45, and Taffy Rogers, age 32, at 148 Harris Beamer Road in unincorporated Gordon County Tuesday where they discovered approximately one-quarter pound of raw methamphetamine for resale and several thousand dollars in cash.


Myers and Rogers were both arrested at the residence without incident and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Myers and Rogers, both on parole for a previous drug convictions, were also charged with violating the conditions of their parole.



Calhoun Residents Charged With Trafficking Meth

More details have been released concerning the arrest of two people earlier this week for trafficking methamphetamine.

An investigation by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office and State Parole Board investigation resulted in a search of the Harris Beamer Road residence of 45-year old Randy Thomas Myers and 32-year old Taffy Rogers.

Authorities discovered approximately one-quarter pound of raw methamphetamine for resale and several thousand dollars in cash.

Myers and Rogers were both arrested at the residence without incident and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Myers and Rogers, both on parole for a previous drug convictions, were also charged with violating the conditions of their parole.



ATLANTA (WJCL) – A Buford woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after repeatedly exposing herself to a police officer in Gwinnett County, according to WSB-TV.

Gwinnett police say Angela Warren was standing in the middle of the road waving her hands in the air when an officer arrived on the scene.


The officer was dispatched to the location for a suspicious call about a woman walking down the street talking to herself and kicking a ball.

After Warren was approached by the officer, she pulled up her shirt and exposed herself to him, according to the police report.

According to the officer, she exposed herself several more times, and when he asked her what she was doing, she said she was playing ball with the kids.

Warren then bent over the police car with her hands behind her back and told the officer to arrest her, according to the police report.

Warren was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, she also tested positive for methamphetamine.




I had always been the high-achieving good-girl with everything looking great from the outside, but some bad things had happened over the years and I didn’t know how to deal with it. In response, I said hello to what I considered a moderate eating disorder.

It started innocently enough — here’s a journal entry from that time:
“I just read two books; Go Ask Alice and The Best Little Girl in the World -– Go Ask Alice was about drugs and Best Little Girl was about a girl with anorexia nervosa. I’m fasting today! Wish me luck!”
Then I discovered bingeing and purging. I know now that it was a way of managing emotions, but at the time it felt like a magic bullet to control my weight. Sometimes it was better, sometimes worse, but I kept the secret well.
And it all still looked good for a long time. Good grades, athlete, cheerleader, homecoming queen, prom princess, a successful college career, and a killer job in my chosen profession after graduation. And yet, with all the “good” going on in my life I always felt it would be “better” if I were a little thinner.
At one point in my 20s, I thought it would be a good idea to get just a little crystal meth in order to lose 10 pounds. It just made sense.
I had heard of people doing speed as an awesome way to lose weight without even trying. I called my good friend in San Francisco (everyone needs a good friend in SFO) and asked her to send me some. She was resistant at first and warned that it was HIGHLY addictive and had ruined friends’ lives.
Having no fear, I insisted that wouldn’t happen to me -– I would only use it when I was hungry and NEVER to party. So she sent it. And I mostly kept to my promise.
I didn’t think of it as “crystal meth.” No way. Meth was a dirty street drug cut with battery acid, baby formula and who knows what. This was just “speed” (said in a friendly and helpful voice) — a higher-strength Dexatrim than I could buy at the store.
I began by rationing it out and only doing very small amounts -– teeny, tiny amounts — every day. For a year.
My friend sent it a few more times until I could find a dealer (not a word I would have used) of my own. I found someone local but it felt so gross to go and make small talk until I could get out of there and continue with my “dieting.” So I found someone who would deliver. I bought in bulk so I could pretend that it wasn’t happening –- I would leave money under the front mat and he would leave the drugs. And I wouldn’t have to worry about it for another month or two.
Then I found out that you could smoke it. You know, as an appetite suppressant.
So that’s what I did. For seven years.
And no one knew.
The bulimia was mostly gone, I started working and having success in a new career, had lots of friends, romance, traveled the world (although I had enough sense to never buy or bring drugs on my trips), and generally was living a pretty fabulous life.
I lost the 10 pounds — maybe 10 more — but was never a scary -ooking tweaker and most nights I slept.
I was very organized and did a lot of craft projects –- my elaborate custom hand-painted calendars for everyone every Christmas were a hit for years — and my apartment was very tidy.
I still looked like the good girl — in fact I got my dream job being on a nightly national TV show for two years.
No one knew. I didn’t party with anyone. I didn’t think I was getting high. No. Seriously. I didn’t think I was getting high.
I knew one day I was going to have to stop but I was also in complete denial that it was a problem. It wasn’t, “Oh, I know I’m a drug addict and will have to stop one day” kind of denial but, “Sure, this is just something I should stop before having a family,” and because I didn’t like the stress of getting more when I was running out.
But that stress should have been a big clue that it was indeed a problem. Did I stress when the cereal box was empty? When there were no more Q-Tips? When the laundry detergent ran out? A big fat: No. No. No.
Just to make things interesting, during this seven-year “diet program,” I started to drink a lot more than I had in the past and yet didn’t feel drunk or out of control. Speed will do that.
The TV show ended and my world started to get smaller. I didn’t know why I couldn’t get out of my own way. I felt like I had so much potential but was having a hard time getting into action. The jobs got less glamorous and everything started taking more time. By the end it was taking me an hour to compose a two-paragraph email. I mostly hid it by working long hours and staying later than everyone so I could finish my work.
There were other indicators that things were not quite right that I chose to ignore:
  • Bringing sake to work in a water bottle and pairing it with edamame and thinking I was clever and sophisticated.
  • Plucking and picking excessively and then buying expensive skin care regimes to repair the damage.
  • Getting a storage unit to transfer the “found” items that were stacked up in my apartment with which I was going to create amazing art projects.
  • Spending thousands of dollars on Internet slot machines.



It was getting harder to show up on time anywhere but work. A boyfriend at the time wondered if I was “digging ditches and filling them up again.” It seemed I was always busy doing something but didn’t have much to show for it.
At some point, toward the end, I researched “quitting crystal meth.” It wasn’t pretty, and although I printed out dozens of pages and compiled a handy info binder, I still didn’t think I was really “addicted.”
It wasn’t until the bottom dropped out and the boyfriend broke up with me. We had been going out nearly four years and while I’m sure I wasn’t the best girlfriend in the world, he did not end it because I was using drugs -– he had NO idea. My latest production job had also just ended and it felt like my tiny world had gotten even smaller.
I felt like a complete failure.
And, unbelievably, I wanted to lose 10 pounds.
Thankfully, later that day I had the sense to confess to my therapist of seven years what I had been doing (that she too had not detected). To her credit, she gently suggested I check out a 12-step program, which honestly seemed like the last place I should be going. Remember? I wasn’t a drug addict or alcoholic.
Or maybe I was.
I went to my first meeting and heard hope and a way out of the disaster I had slowly made of my life. I realized that I had turned to drugs to solve a problem, never imagining that drugs would become the problem. I jumped into recovery and did the work required to repair my relationships, confidence, self-esteem and to find a spiritual connection — essentially, to rebuild my life.
That was 12 years ago. I’ve been sober ever since.
In recovery, I’ve found a career that truly lights me up, married an amazing man and had a little boy who is remarkable in every way. None of this would have been possible if I had stayed on the path I was going down

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools were all recovered from a vehicle that was blocking traffic early Wednesday morning, according to Colorado Springs police.

Thirty-six-year-old Thomas Wales was arrested on unspecified charges in addition to two felony warrants.

At about 3:15 a.m., officers saw a vehicle blocking traffic in the area of Platte Avenue and Don Juan Street, near North Chelton Road.

When the officers approached the vehicle, a man started to walk away saying he was going to get gas for the vehicle.

Police said the man gave them a false name. He also ran from officers.

A short foot chase happened but the man was caught and taken into custody.

Officers were able to identify the man as Thomas Wales. He already had two felony warrants.

When the vehicle was searched before impounding it, officers found the burglary tools, 1.9 grams of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.




Crews from Unified Fire Authority and South Salt Lake snuffed an explosive late Wednesday morning blaze that heavily damaged six units in a storage facility at 3948 S. West Temple.

Unified Fire Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said the fire, reported after one of the units appeared to literally explode in flames about 10:45 a.m., was controlled by noon.

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No one was in the unit when the blaze started.

The fire was listed as accidental, but the origin had not yet been determined, he said.

Among possible causes that were eliminated were whether the unit had housed an illicit methamphetamine laboratory or if a transient was illegally living there.

A man and a woman detained at the scene for questioning were arrested on outstanding warrants. Officials said the two appeared to have no connection to the fire.

No damage estimates for the six units were immediately available. In addition to the units themselves, investigators will have to take into account the value of any lost contents.

A Huntsburg Township woman and man are being accused of manufacturing methamphetamine from the kitchen of their Madison Road apartment.

Delbert Gossett and Brittany Ponn
Geauga County Sheriff detectives responded to a tip of a possible meth lab at 12234 Madison Road, Apartment 2, on June 10.
Detectives interviewed Brittany D. Ponn, and Delbert M. Gossett, who gave them consent to search the apartment, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In their search, detectives located a meth lab in the kitchen and several needles and a small amount of heroin.
Both Ponn and Gossett were arrested that day and charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, a first-degree felony. The charge is usually a second-degree felony, but it was enhanced because “a small child resides in an apartment next to Gossett and Ponn,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office and Middlefield Fire Department assisted in the clean-up of the lab.
Both suspects were arraigned June 11 in Chardon Municipal Court, and have preliminary hearings scheduled for Friday, June 20.
Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica set Gossett’s bond at 10 percent of $20,000 and Ponn’s at 10 percent of $5,000.
If convicted, both defendants face up to 10 years in prison.




  • Dea Millerberg, 41, accepted a plea deal for her part in the death of Alexis Rasmussen, 16, in 2011
  • Millerberg and her husband, Eric Millerberg, 38, were involved in a Methamphetamine-fueled sexual relationship with Rasmussen
  • Eric Millerberg was found guilty of the rape and murder of Rasmussen in February
  • He injected Rasmussen with lethal amounts of Methamphetamine and heroin in September, 2011 after a night of sex
  • When the girl died , Millerberg and his wife Dea dumped her body in a rural river bed
  • Millerberg testified against her husband – which helped to secure a lenient sentence

The Utah woman accused of helping her white supremacist husband dump their teenage baby sitter in the woods wept as she pleaded guilty on Wednesday to desecration of a human body and other charges as part of a plea deal.

Dea Millerberg, 41, whispered ‘guilty’ to three felony charges while crying in an Ogden court, The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports.

She also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and obtaining a prescription illegally.

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Millerberg is scheduled to serve one to five years on each charge, with the time running concurrently, pending a judge’s formal approval of the deal at a sentencing August 21.

Dea Millerberg and her husband, Eric Millerberg, 38, had a drug-fueled, salacious sexual relationship with 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen that led to her death from an overdose in 2011, prosecutors said.

Eric Millerberg was found guilty by a jury in February of child-abuse homicide, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, obstruction of justice and desecration of a dead body.

He was sentenced to up to life in prison – the maximum amount allowed under the state’s guidelines.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Wednesday that he considered the plea bargain was a fair deal considering that Millerberg helped prosecutors get her husband convicted.

During a three-day trial in February, prosecutors brought detectives, medical examiners, prisoners and Dea Millerberg to the stand to show that Eric Millerberg recklessly injected Rasmussen with lethal doses of heroin and methamphetamine during a night of sex and drugs.

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Rasmussen had seven times the lethal amount of methamphetamine in her system and high levels of morphine and amphetamines, and that likely caused her death, a medical examiner said.

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A full autopsy could not be performed because Alexis’ body was so decomposed, but significant traces of heroin and meth were in her system.

Prosecutors told jurors that Eric Millerberg and his wife then dumped Rasmussen’s body in the woods of northern Utah while lying to police as the girl’s mother desperately searched for her for more than a month.

Eric Millerberg was sentenced to life in March for child abuse homicide – a first-degree felony and one to 15 years for obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

He was also sentenced to two terms of zero to five years for the unlawful and statutory rape of a 16-or-17-year-old – and abuse or desecration of a human body, third-degree felonies.

The sentences are consecutive.

On his part, Millerberg, 38, showed no sign of emotion as the judge sentenced him for killing Lexi Rasmussen, 16, by injecting her with a lethal dose of drugs in September of 2011.

Millerberg’s wife Dea was also in the house at the same time getting high when Rasmussen fell unconscious and died.

The two grabbed her body, stuffed it in to a trash bag, bundled it in the trunk of their car and dumped it in a remote rural location. Rasmussen was found 38 days later.

Dea said the couple started using Alexis – or Lexi as she called her – as a babysitter for their two daughters in the spring of 2011.

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They became friends and started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with the teen before Alexis began requesting that they try harder drugs like methamphetamine and heroin. Eventually they began paying Alexis with meth.

According to Salt Lake Tribune, Dea testified that on the night of the girl’s death, she had picked up Alexis to baby sit her kids.

She said as soon as Alexis arrived at the house, Eric Millerberg helped her get high by injecting her with drugs – once with heroin and twice with meth - into her arm and neck.

Then, when she was ‘as high as she had ever been’, the girl and Eric Millerberg performed oral sex on one another. Dea said that she was not involved in the encounter.

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A short while later, the drugs had a negative effect on the teen and she started ‘freaking out’. She reportedly felt disoriented and cold, so she asked if she could take a warm bath in the couple’s master bathroom.

After leaving her alone in the bath at her request, the Millerbergs checked on her about 45 minutes later to find that she was still cold, so Dea wrapped her in a blanket and told her to lie down in another bedroom.

The couple left her to smoke cigarettes, and returned about a half hour later to find her unresponsive.

‘She wasn’t breathing. She had mucousy stuff coming out of the right side of her mouth,’ said Dea, who was a licensed nurse and tried to resuscitate the girl to no avail.

They then tried to figure out what to do next.

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‘It really was a panic. The idea of it was, we will lose our kids and go to jail, and there was nothing we could do to bring her back,’ she told the court.

Eric Millerberg was on parole at the time for burglary and firearm charges, and he was also known to be part of the Silent Aryan Warriors, a white supremacist prison gang.

The girl was found with her legs folded against her in a fetal position, her lower half stuffed into a garbage bag.

Utah assistant medical examiner Joseph White testified on Friday that the girl’s body was so badly decomposed, it was difficult to identify her. Dental records and a fingerprint analysis finally led to a positive identification.

A toxicologist testified that reports showed she had ingested meth at least 24 hours before her death.







HIDALGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Monday arrested a 21-year-old Florida man after discovering 14 packages of suspected methamphetamine in the Ford Windstar van he was driving.

The man was attempting to enter the United States via the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when officers referred him to secondary inspection, according to a CBP news release.

Officers ran the van through a drive-thru X-ray machine and discovered about 17 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle, the release said.

Mark Partelow’s mother testified about the night her son died in August after a single gunshot to the face.

She didn’t get to say goodbye because her 46-year-old son was already in a body bag and on his way to the state crime lab, Colleen Partelow told jurors in the trial against her son’s alleged killer.

On the way to St. James Healthcare, her daughter broke the horrible news.

“Nothing was said until we almost got the hospital. Then she said Mark had died,” Colleen Partelow said.

Her testimony was the first Tuesday afternoon in the case of Jeffrey Bruce Lackman, accused of deliberate homicide.

Prosecutors say Lackman shot Partelow while holding the gun about two inches from the 46-year-old Butte man’s face.

His defense counters the shooting was in self-defense.

Butte police Sgt. John O’Brien was the first officer to arrive on Aug. 5 to a report of shots fired and one person down. His testimony included the playing of a graphic video taken from the scene.

“Stay with us man,” O’Brien was heard on the recording.

Lackman intently watched the jury as the video played.

Partelow’s girlfriend screamed: “Breathe, baby, breathe.” “Don’t leave me.”

While Partelow lay dying, Lackman fled and ditched any evidence in the woods of Elk Park, north of Butte, Deputy County Attorney Samm Cox said. He then continued on the run staying in hotels with an accomplice and changing his appearance.

Cox told jurors that during the trial they will be taken to a place most don’t know about or don’t want to be privy.

“It’s a culture based on drugs, money and guns,” he said during opening arguments.

Cox asked jurors if someone gets high and takes a gun to another man’s house, “Are you justified in using it?”

Randi Hood, Lackman’s public defender, argued yes. Her client, who was being jumped by Partelow and his girlfriend in the alley, chose to save himself, she said.

“It was justified,” Hood told jurors.

The trial of Lackman, 25, will continue Wednesday in Butte district court. It is slated to run about three days.

Lackman is accused of killing Partelow with a single gunshot outside of the Butte man’s residence. Everyone at the Casey Street home in August when the death happened was high on methamphetamine, according to testimony. Lackman fled and was arrested near Roundup, about 260 miles from Butte, two days later. Lackman is in jail on $500,000 bail during the trial.

Lackman, who was staying both in Butte and Whitehall at the time, pleaded not guilty to the charge in September.

Any sentence Lackman may receive after his homicide trial will run consecutive to the 10 years in federal prison he received for dealing meth. Last month, he was sentenced for planning to sell six pounds of methamphetamine.





Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) – A local boy was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital this week after he began acting like he was having a panic attack. That panic attack was later determined by Sacred Heart to be exposure to methamphetamine.

Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire police department says officers were dispatched to Sacred Heart Hospital for a report of a 3-year-old who had tested positive for meth in his system.

While it’s a fairly rare occurrence in the Chippewa Valley, a child testing positive for methamphetamine, Dr. Paul Horvath with Mayo Clinic Health System says, these types of cases could become more regular

Dr. Horvath says, “Fortunately around this area they’re pretty rare, in places that I’ve worked previously we saw more meth exposure than we do here. But, as meth is becoming more available, I suspect that unfortunately these kinds of cases with kids will become more frequent.”

Officer Roder says the drug abuse officers often see on duty hurts more than just the user.

Roder says, “We do unfortunately have cases where children are exposed to drugs entering their system. Even more unfortunate is our officers and detectives see this on a daily bases, where children are affected by the parents or by custodians drug usage. So, it’s disturbing what our officers see out there and that’s why we’re really have to get the point across that drug use and abuse doesn’t just affect the person that is using them, it effects everyone else in their life and it puts everyone else in danger.”

Dr. Horvath says those dangers children are exposed to could be deadly. He says, “Meth in general is a pretty toxic substance to all, including kids who might get a hold of it and it can definitely cause life threating effects and is difficult to treat.”

As for the incident involving the 3-year-old boy, Officer Roder says the case is still under investigation.
He says the family of the child has been cooperative and the department is currently following up with all parties involved. They’re also working with medical professionals to determine what may have caused the incident.




Authorities were searching his home as part of an investigation into funds missing from the Legion headquarters.

A former American Legion official has been charged with methamphetamine possession after the illegal drug was found during a search of his home.

David Austin Kellerman, 43, is facing a felony drug count and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia count.


State and federal authorities searched his house in Mustang Tuesday morning and arrested Kellerman after finding baggies of crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe. He was charged in Canadian County District Court.

Kellerman has been under investigation for months because hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing from the American Legion operations in Oklahoma.

Investigators Tuesday were looking for evidence of embezzlement, knowingly concealing stolen property, fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling and drug offenses, according to court records on the search.

“Kellerman admitted the baggies with crystal methamphetamine and glass pipe were his,” a U.S. Homeland Security Department special agent, Eric Coburn, reported in the arrest affidavit.

Kellerman was the state adjutant from September 2003 to December 2011, court records show. The paid position has been described as similar to a chief executive officer of a company.

He remained active in the Legion in 2012 and 2013, serving as an assistant to his successors.

No one has been charged yet over the missing funds.

National officials of the American Legion voted to take over the Oklahoma operations in March because of the missing money. The national officials ousted or fired all the state Legion officials.

National officials have estimated the financial losses in Oklahoma could be as much as $500,000 to $1 million.

Legal problems

Kellerman already faces a felony charge over missing rifles.

He was charged in January with taking ceremonial World War I and World War II rifles from Legion posts and selling them.

Kellerman is on probation for a 2012 marijuana offense. His attorney in 2012 said he is a veteran being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

His current attorney, Scott Adams, declined Wednesday to comment about the newest charge.




PHARR, Texas – A routine stop at the Hidalgo international bridge on Saturday results in the arrest of a man from the city of Pharr.

An unidentified 20 year old male behind the wheel of a red ford f-150 was questioned by CBP officers and then directed to secondary inspection upon inspection.

Authorities uncovered 21.60 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost 700 thousand dollars. The man was arrested and handed over to the department of homeland security for further investigation.




A meth seizure conducted by field operation officers at the Hidalgo bridge. According authorities, one man tried to smuggle more than half a million dollars in methamphetamine across the border.
The narcotics were concealed within a brown 2002 ford Windstar driven by a man from Lake Worth, Florida.
CBP seized 14 packages of meth which weighed approximately 16.58 pounds. The alleged smuggler was arrested and turned over to homeland security investigations, along with the meth valued at 531 thousand dollars.





The Iranian government seized its first set of production facilities right around the time that AMC aired its very first episode of Breaking Bad, a show about a struggling chemistry teacher who uses his scientific know-how to create the purest methamphetamine ever made and slowly rises to the head of a meth distribution syndicate. In Iran, discretionary use of heroine was at its peek before sheesheh (Farsi for “glass”) made its way into the scene in 2008. Use quickly spread like wildfire, from housewives wanting to shed a few pounds (meth suppresses appetite), to students with an upcoming final (short term effects increase concentration), to underground party-goers seeking a good high.

The suppliers found it less risky to produce and distribute. With sheesheh, unlike plant based drugs (like cocaine and heroine), there are no crops to grow, and no Afghani smugglers to deal with. Crystal meth is synthetic. A meth lab can be anywhere. All one needs is a room and a few supplies. Thus production facilities are cheaply made, easily controlled and, more importantly, easily abandoned.

By 2010, Iranian meth manufacturing operations expanded to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. By 2012, Iran was the world’s fourth highest importer of pseudoephedrine (the main ingredient in the production of crystal meth). Now, over a half a million Tehranis between the ages of 15 and 45 have reported using sheesheh at least once.

When it comes to the Iranian drug scene, the problem is not just how widespread it is, but also the limitations of available protections. “The younger generation is more involved in underground parties and usage of drugs,” say “Termeh” and “Giti,” who asked their real names be withheld from this piece. This Iranian daughter and mother who live in the United States but spend a great deal of time in Iran spoke anecdotally about the Iran drug scene. Termeh explained that when things go wrong at parties, for example, “if a young girl is raped while high at a party,” even if she is severely injured from her assault, there is little recourse. “She’d have to admit to being at the party, and being high.” The penalties for such infractions are so severe that she, or her family, are likely to keep everything discrete.

Termeh expressed concern not just with the usage of crystal meth, but heroine, opium (“everyone smokes opium”), steroids, and even the illegal alcohol. “If they don’t buy (alcohol) they make their own alcohol which is not safe because if you don’t use the right chemistry you can end up with a failed liver or go blind. There are so many medical risks.” Termeh’s mother, Giti, chimed in with grave concerns about the youth in Iran. “It’s fine for the first six months (of meth and steroid use), but then they behave like animals.”

Termeh and Gita, however, were clear that this problem is not hidden. “The doctors are warning every about it, and its in the magazines!” said Gita.

Indeed, despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic’s typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations. Since 1979, Iran’s war against drugs has cost more than mere dollars – almost 4,000 Iranian law enforcement personnel have been killed in the country’s battle against the drug trade. And of course, punishments of prosecuted manufacturers and distributors are severe. According to the Iranian interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, nearly 80% of prosecuted traffickers are given the death penalty.

Given the rise of drug use, however, these measures are clearly not very effective. In fact, the same severe and repressive regime killing drug dealers with impunity is the very same one from which drug users want to escape, even if through a temporary high.





A Crime Watch in Lansing– where our cameras caught two people trying to dump evidence of a meth lab, according to police.

The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad tells us the man and woman are suspected of making meth while staying at the Magnusson Hotel on the city’s south side.

Officers recovered meth ingredients and three-to-four grams of the finished product. The man and woman were arrested on existing warrants and will face charges for meth possession and production.