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Cottonwood Drug Party Raided

yavapai county sheriff officeSedona AZ (December 4, 2013) On November 30, 2013, around 12:30 a.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 1600 block of South Carpenter Lane, Cottonwood, regarding suspicious persons and vehicles in the area. Upon arrival, deputies learned that several people were inside a vacant home in that neighborhood. When deputies checked the home in question, they found screens had been pried off several windows, with at least one window forced open. Strewn on the front yard among the litter and beer cans was a rental sign.

In the backyard, YCSO deputies saw two males exit the house but, after seeing the deputies, they turned and ran back inside and locked the door. Deputies made several attempts to contact someone at the front door and through an open window without success.

With the help of Cottonwood Police Officers, a perimeter was established around the house. As a team of deputies entered the home through a window, several subjects fled via the back porch and were detained. Additional subjects fled through other windows and were caught before escaping into the neighborhood. A total of fifteen adults and ten juveniles were detained, ranging in age from 14 to 24.

Deputies are in the process of identifying at least two additional subjects who were not caught. Inside the home, YCSO deputies found alcohol, marijuana, and marijuana pipes in almost every room.

All adults were cited for Criminal Trespassing, and one adult was additionally cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The ten juveniles received referral notices to juvenile court for charges including Trespass, Criminal Damage, and Incorrigible. The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests and charges likely.

Many of the trespassers learned about the party via social networking.

The out-of-state homeowner and property management company were notified. Damage assessment costs to the house and property are unknown at this time.

YCSO appreciates those who called out of concern for the safety and welfare of their neighborhood, and YCSO deputies would also like to thank Cottonwood Police officers for their valued assistance.

If anyone has additional information regarding this incident, call YCSO or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232:  Refer to case number 13-040700.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260.

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