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Teens cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, tobacco

A teenage boy was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and another teen was cited for possession of tobacco on Sept. 1 after an officer performing a property watch in the 900 block of Gurley Street saw four teens in the storm drain tunnel nearby and heard them say "I'm so high" and "You go next."

At 3:23 p.m., as the three teen boys and one teen girl walked out of the tunnel, the officer had them sit down, told them they were trespassing on City of Prescott property, and were not allowed to be in the storm drain.

After the officer told them the tunnel is a known place for drug activity, he let them know what he overheard and they became nervous. The officer noticed that all four teens showed signs of recently smoking marijuana, according to the police report.

Initially, the teens told the officer they were just hanging out after school at Mile High Middle School in the tunnel, but after the officer asked them to empty their pockets he noticed one teen boy had a plastic baggie with a strong odor of marijuana and small green flakes of plant material inside.

One of the teen boys told the officer that they had smoked marijuana out of a homemade soda-can pipe that they left at the other end of the tunnel. The boy brought the officer the pipe and said that all three boys had smoked from it.

When the officer searched the remaining boy's backpack, he found a pack of cigarettes that the boy said were his, and the boy told the officer he had smoked marijuana from the pipe as well.

The girl told the officer she had not smoked the marijuana, although she showed signs and symptoms that she had, according to the police report.

The teenage boy with the baggie later told the officer he brought the marijuana to the storm drain tunnel and that they smoked it from the home-made pipe there. The boy told the officer that that he bought the marijuana from a man he didn't know, at a place he didn't know, for $15.

The officer cited that teenage boy for possession of drug paraphernalia and released him to his mother, and cited the teen with the cigarettes for possession of tobacco and released him to his adult sister.