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Teacher, supplier face drug allegations

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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