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Information from staff, students leads to drug arrests at CVHS

CHINO VALLEY - Three teenagers face drug charges after the Chino Valley Police and K9 officers allegedly found marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine at the Chino Valley High School on Feb. 11.

A news release from the Chino Valley Police Department reported that 18-year-old Chino Valley resident Sarah Cates, along with two juveniles - a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl - were arrested after police found the drugs.

In all, police allegedly found 0.7 grams of marijuana, 6.7 grams of cocaine, and 15.5 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the news release, Cates and the 16-year-old were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drugs in a drug-free school zone. The 17-year-old was charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drug for sale, and two counts of possession of dugs in a drug-free school zone.

Police booked Cates into the Yavapai County Jail, and booked the two juveniles into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Chino Valley Police reported that the arrest "came as a result of several trusted collaborative efforts to keep our schools and students safe."

Police were called to the school after administration reported being approached by students who said other students were planning to bring illegal drugs onto campus.

"While police were on scene speaking to staff, several more students provided information and details implicating those involved and type of drugs," the news release stated. "As police began interviewing students and staff, they also deployed and used drug-detection K9 and located marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine."

Chino Valley Police say the positive working relationship between high school faculty, police, and students "allowed for quick response to prevent these drugs from being provided to students on campus."