Authorities arrested local teacher Stefanie Courson, 42, and Michael Stucker, 43, Friday, after a month-long undercover operation focusing on the sale of drugs, according to a press release issued by the Lake Havasu City Police Department.
The operation began after a complaint was received from a concerned citizen that prescription pills were being bought and sold locally by a teacher.
At approximately 11:20 a.m. Friday, Courson was taken into custody after an undercover detective made a final purchase from her in the 300 block of Lake Havasu Avenue North. The undercover detective had bought pills from Courson on several occasions that resulted in the purchase of 225 Morphine pills, 170 Xanax pills, 35 Vicodin pills, and 200 Cyclobenzapriane pills, according to the press release.
Following the arrest of Courson, detectives served two search warrants, one at Courson’s residence, in the 3100 block of Bermuda Court, and the second one at Stucker’s residence, in the 300 block of Lake Havasu Avenue North.
During the search warrants detectives seized additional quantities of prescription drugs, over $1,400 in cash and a 2012 Jeep Cherokee, according to the release.
Courson was charged with the sale of dangerous drugs, sale of narcotic drugs, sale of prescription only drugs, and possession of prescription only drugs. Stucker was charged with the sale of narcotic drugs, sale of dangerous drugs, sale of prescription only drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous drugs for sale. An additional person, 19-year old Ashley Stucker, was cited and released after she was contacted at the second search warrant and found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Lake Havasu City police department.
Courson and Stucker will be held at the Lake Havasu City jail pending their initial appearances.
The investigation determined that Courson is a kindergarten teacher at Havasupai Elementary School but she was not conducting the sales while on school property and there is no evidence to suggest that other employees or students are involved, according to the release.
Detectives from the Lake Havasu City Police Department Special Investigations Bureau with the assistance of other detectives from the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Lake Havasu City Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Criminal Investigations Bureau and a prosecutor from the Mohave County Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation.