John Foster
John Foster

Four people were arrested last Thursday following a raid on a ranch north of Big Lake.

The raid netted over 300 grams of methamphetamine, 40 grams of morphine, five grams of heroin and an amount of marijuana. Counterfeit money and a stolen weapon were also recovered.

Three of the people on the ranch at the time of the raid were charged with a pair of First Degree Felony charges.

John Foster, 53, Rick Milhoan, 53, and Deanna Kleinertz, 33, were each charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, More than 4 Grams, but Less than 200 Grams. They were also charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner said the raid on the ranch was the culmination of countless hours of work by the Reagan County Sheriff’s Department, Texas DPS and the Texas Rangers.

“There was a lot of good police work by those agencies and our guys,” Garner said. “We have been working toward this because of information we’ve received over the years about the activity going on out there.”

Garner said his department involved the Texas Ranger early in the investigation due to the possibility of weapons being involved.

“We wanted to make sure we could have access to any resourced we would need,” Garner said. “We ended up being able to serve the search warrant without issue. I am thankful for that.”

Sergeant Nick Hammer said the form the methamphetamine was recovered in points towards the group being a distributor of meth to lower level dealers in the area.

“The meth recovered here was in large crystals,” Hammer said. “Like quartz crystals. Large in size. Most dealers or users never see it in that form. By the time it gets to them it is crushed down.”

Garner said it is his department’s belief that Foster, Milhoan and Kleinertz were distributing their methamphetamine to dealers who would then sell it in Big Lake.

Serving a search warrant on a large property such as a ranch can be daunting. Garner said his officers took every precaution possible to serve the warrant.

“We had officers watching the ranch from a distance so we would know the location of each person,” Garner said. “In the end, we had no choice but to roll up the main road and serve the warrant. Luckily, we were able to make contact with all the occupants and get the area secured quickly.”

The search of the ranch took over seven hours as law enforcement entered the property at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night and didn’t leave until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The drugs were located inside two homes, a Peterbuilt truck, a barn and two other vehicles.

Lynn Weatherby, 57, was also arrested, but did not receive the hefty First Degree Felony charges as the other three.

Due to her location on the property, and the fact she only had a small amount of methamphetamine on her, Weatherby was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, Between One and Four Grams (3rd Degree Felony).

She was also found in possession of a vape pen with CBD Oil inside of it. She was charged for the CBD Oil with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 2, Less than One Gram.

John Foster was also charged for being in possession of a stolen firearm.

That weapon, a Winchester Model 94, was confirmed stolen by TLETS out of another state.

Milhoan and Kleinertz picked up additional charges for Abandon/Endanger Child, Criminal Neglect (State Jail Felony).

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Milhoan told investigators that his eight year old son was living with him and Kleinertz on the ranch.

It was noted that the child was living in a home that had methamphetamine in plain view with easy access in several locations.
Milhoan and Kleinertz were also charged with Forgery (a 3rd Degree Felony).

Sgt. Hammer said the pair were creating counterfeit money in their residence.

Sheriff Garner said the forgery charges will be turned over to the Secret Service.

“I’d like to thank every person who worked on this investigation and everyone who helped serve the warrant,” Garner said. “A lot of work went in, and in the end, we were able to take a large amount of drugs off our streets.”