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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013 12:01 am

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.

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  • Trial By Stone posted at 3:38 pm on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    Trial By Stone Posts: 20

    I bet their classes were a breeze to pass.

  • Vicky Norman posted at 9:55 am on Thu, Dec 12, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    I agree, we don't have a child problem in this country, we have an adult problem.
    And children only know what they are taught.

  • Roco posted at 7:19 am on Thu, Dec 12, 2013.

    Roco Posts: 785

    To Vicky Norman: Understanding your concern for the "underage teens," they are not victims either. They are old enough to know purchasing illegal drugs are wrong and they made the decision to break the law. Maybe better direction from their parents should be emphasized more.

  • Vicky Norman posted at 9:03 am on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    you're right, I was thinking of children ( underage teens) only.

  • Roco posted at 9:54 am on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    Roco Posts: 785

    @ Vicky Norman: "The real victims are the people who ended up ingesting them."

    No. They are not the victims. They knew it was illegal to purchase these drugs and decided to do it. They are just as much at fault as the dealers. Punishing only the dealers sends the wrong message to the buyers.

  • Vicky Norman posted at 2:14 pm on Mon, Dec 9, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    Who cares whether they get their life straightened out? The real victims are the people who ended up ingesting them.
    Thank you LHCPD and Drug Enforcement for all of your hard work, You have many supporters, who celebrate their life lived with sobriety,
    .... and appreciate your efforts everyday to keep drugs and prescription pills out of our community, and off the streets.

  • resident posted at 1:14 pm on Mon, Dec 9, 2013.

    resident Posts: 578

    dont pitty these two. theyre adults knew exactly what they were doing. send them to jail and let them reflect. keep up the heat narcotics enforcement team.

  • see you posted at 11:13 am on Mon, Dec 9, 2013.

    see you Posts: 261

    It doesn't matter what the job is, it matters what choices you make. There have been local churches whose pastors have embezzled money. Everyone is fallible. There are others who would ticket you for driving intoxicated but do it themselves. And this isn't just here, it is all over the world. When someone else sees it happening, they usually turn a blind eye. It is our job to report whatever we see that is illegal. It our job to raise our children to know what is right and what is wrong.

  • Roco posted at 4:22 pm on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

    Roco Posts: 785

    I guess she needed to supplement here salary to pay off her student loans. lol. It's a shame that someone is such a trusted occupation would lower herself to something like this.

  • riddlesgun posted at 7:01 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    riddlesgun Posts: 22

    This is too bad. Hope they get their lives straightened out.


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