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12/9/2013 6:26:00 PM
Teacher, supplier face drug allegations
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

LAKE HAVASU CITY - A kindergarten teacher was arrested Friday and charged with assorted drug crimes following a month-long multi-agency undercover operation.

There is no evidence to suggest Stefanie Courson, 42, a kindergarten teacher at Havasupai Elementary School, sold drugs at the school or that "other employees or students are involved," according to Lake Havasu City Police spokesman Sgt. Troy Stirling.

Following a tip from a caller who told police Courson was selling drugs, members of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team mounted an operation. MAGNET consists of detectives from every law enforcement agency in the county, including the Arizona Department of Public Safety and prosecutors with the Mohave County Attorney's Office.

An undercover detective allegedly purchased from Courson, over several occasions: 225 morphine pills, 170 Xanax pills, 35 Vicodin pills and 200 cyclobenzapriane pills, a muscle relaxant typically sold under the brand names Flexeril or Amrix.

Courson was arrested after the undercover officer made a final alleged purchase just before 11:20 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of Lake Havasu Avenue North.

She was charged with sale of dangerous drugs, sale of narcotics, sale of prescription-only drugs and possession of prescription-only drugs.

Police reportedly identified Lake Havasu City resident Michael Stucker, 43, as Courson's supplier during the course of the investigation.

Two search warrants were issued after Courson's arrest. One for her home in the 3100 block of Bermuda Court and the second at Stucker's residence in the 300 block of Lake Havasu Avenue North, the site of Courson's arrest.

Following the searches, police said they seized "additional quantities of prescription drugs, over $1,400 in cash and a 2012 Jeep Cherokee."

Stucker was charged with sale of narcotics, sale of dangerous drugs, sale of prescription-only drugs, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

A third person, 19-year-old Ashley Stucker, was cited and released after allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"to supplement her very poverty level salary!"

I do not know what the average teacher salary is for Mohave County, but I am willing to bet it is not below the federal poverty level.


Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Money MR.C.

What a waste, pure speculation on my part, two seemly intelligent mature individuals face "Felony" criminal charges.

Why??? Lure of money or perhaps, the all too familiar pattern that some women find themselves attracted to these Type A personality's. Either way, she stands to lose far more then he.

Anyone who recruits teachers or young offenders to deal their wares, should receive enhance sentencing as far as I'm concern.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: just J

I am gonna have to go with Hualapai Dog on this one. It's no wonder the teacher was resorting to illegal activities to supplement her very poverty level salary! I will in no way condone what she did but I will have to admit I understand the why. Teachers ready our children for society and the workforce and yet we pay them a poverty wage!!! They deserve far better pay then they are given, look how much a guy gets for carrying a football down a field, or a basketball across the court, etc. I think the pay scales need to be seriously adjusted here.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Jay Fleming

These are the people who are getting the medicine meant for patients when pharmacies put quotas on medicine.

It's funny, drug dealers can get 225 morphine pills, and Safeway pharmacy limits patients to 120 pills?

By the way,it takes 180 pills of any 4 hour medication for a month.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Miller

On the other hand the kindergarten teacher apparently also provided the officer with a muscle relaxant so he could take a dump after taking all those opiates. That shows more consideration towards patient care than some pain physicians I hear about around here!

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Miller

Now wouldn’t you rather have a physician free to prescribe these drugs while also monitoring your health rather than having to rely upon your kid’s kindergarten teacher and her black market drug dealer? I wonder how much the undercover officer actually paid for the meds.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Hualapai Dog

Grade School Math quiz:

Month long multiagency entrapment operation cost to taxpayers

+The prosecution cost to taxpayer

+ Court costs to taxpayers

+The incarceration cost to taxpayers

+The probation costs to taxpayers

+ Welfare, food stamps and medicaid for an ex-con

= _______________

Now compare:

A kindergarten teacher salary in AZ

- Student loan debt

- High compounding interest rates on these loans

- Their car payment

- Rent

- Out of pocket copays and deductibles

- Food and clothes costs


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

And people wonder why our school system has so many bad issues and kids graduating that can't read or write. Time to bring back the old hiring processes before affirmative action and political correctness screwed it all up.

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: Sodom and what-was-that- other place?

this was in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a couple days ago. About half the commenters wanted to have sex with Ms. Courson. The rest were probably females, although - naive little ol' me - it may have been the other way around. A couple people vaguely didn't like the idea of a k-teacher dealing drugs. Who am I to supplant the opinions of an informed citizenry?

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