News Release
Date: June 22, 2012
Contact: Owen Putman
Number: 312-886-2597

Madison Man Sentenced for Attempting to Traffic Ecstasy
--MDMA Disguised as Cupcake Ingredients from Canada: Search Found Psilocybin Mushrooms, LSD, MDMA, Marijuana--

June 22 (Madison, WI) – Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and John W. Vaudreuil , United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David S. Helgren, 25, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to four years in federal prison for attempted possession with intent to distribute 445 grams of MDMA (ecstasy). Helgren pleaded guilty to this charge on May 1, 2012.

On March 8, 2010, the United States Postal Service, Madison Wisconsin Carrier Office received a Canada Post Priority Mail parcel from British Columbia, Canada, addressed to D. Helgren at an address in Madison. After obtaining a search warrant to search the parcel, law enforcement agents found 445 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) disguised as cupcake ingredients. Later in the investigation, agents obtained a search warrant for the defendant's home and found approximately 1,600 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, MDMA, and marijuana. The charges against Helgren were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at, and