Anonymous tip brings MCSO K-9 and SWAT units to Career Success

By Linda Bentley | March 17, 2010

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mcso at career successMCSO deputies are pictured placing items conviscated from a student’s vehicle in bags for evidence.  Photo by Linda Bentley

CAVE CREEK – At around 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies, including SWAT and K-9 units, converged on Career Success Charter School.

According to the very limited information Sonoran News was able to obtain from MCSO, students and parents, MCSO was responding to an anonymous tip that students were in possession of heroin and Percocet, a narcotic analgesic combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

Several students claimed the campus was on lockdown for four hours.

A parent said all students with vehicles on campus were told to hand their keys over to deputies.

Sonoran News witnessed a deputy finding some items in a student’s primer gray SUV and was subsequently seen placing those items in plastic bags as evidence.

While a parent told Sonoran News one student had a Mason jar of marijuana in her vehicle and two students were arrested, we were unable to confirm if either heroin or Percocet was found on campus or if any students were arrested.

According to MCSO Deputy Lindsey Smith, media relations spokeswoman, the school was not locked down. She stated, “There was contact by sheriff’s deputies with four students from the school. Three of the four students were juveniles.”

She provided no additional information other than the incident number 10-043515 to obtain a copy of the report, which we have requested.

The automated response from MCSO, however, indicated it could be a few weeks before the report would be available.

A message left for Career Success Principal Maureen Racz was not returned.