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Fatal overdose leads to murder arrest: Lake County takes action against fentanyl

The following is a press release from the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The information has not been proven in court and all persons described should be considered innocent until proven guilty.:


On November 10, 2023, the Lake County Sheriff's Office was called to a coroner's office at Sutter Lakeside Hospital investigating the death of Illeanna Frease, a 17-year-old Native American. During the coroner's initial investigation, it was believed that Illeanna died of an overdose.

An autopsy was performed and when the toxicology reports arrived in February 2024, it was determined that Illeanna had overdosed. by a combination of fentanyl and alcohol. After confirming the toxicology results, the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit launched a criminal investigation to determine who gave Illeanna the fentanyl.

During the investigation, investigators interviewed witnesses, executed search warrants, and reviewed digital data from cell phones and social media. Based on the evidence, it was determined that Joe Boggs Jr., 27, of Luzerne, was responsible for providing the fentanyl to Illeanna, which ultimately led to her death.

The Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Division held a meeting with the Lake County District Attorney's Office, and it was decided that Boggs Jr. would be prosecuted for Illeanna's murder.

On June 13, 2024, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Boggs Jr. On June 14, 2024, detectives from the Major Crimes Division arrested Boggs Jr. in Lakeport for 187 PC Second Degree Murder, 11351 H&S Possession for Sale, 11352 H&S Transportation of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and 11380 H&S Delivery of a Controlled Substance to a Minor. Boggs Jr. was transported to the Lake County Jail where he was held on $1,000,000.00 bail.

Over the past few years, law enforcement agencies throughout California and across the country have successfully investigated and prosecuted fentanyl murder cases. Illeanna's case marks the first arrest in Lake County for a fentanyl murder. The Lake County Sheriff's Office will continue to combat the fentanyl crisis in Lake County and hold fentanyl traffickers accountable. The Lake County Sheriff's Office would like to extend its condolences to Illeanna's family and friends.

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If anyone believes they have information regarding this case, please call the Lake County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit Tip Line at 707-262-4088 and either Sergeant Jeff Mora or Detective Michael Nakahara will contact you.