TELLER COUNTY, Colo. – The first arrest made by the brand-new Teller Narcotics Team is of a man accused of selling marijuana laced with methamphetamine to students at a Woodland Park school, the county sheriff’s office said Friday.
John Bruce Fifield Jr., 47, faces charges of unlawful distribution of illegal narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and weapons possession after his arrest Wednesday.
According to the Teller County Sheriff’s office, the investigation into Fifield started with a report from one of the Woodland Park School Resource officers that “a limited number” of students at the school had received the meth-laced marijuana.
Members from the Teller Narcotics Team, which was formed in September and is made up of officers from Cripple Creek, Woodland Park, the sheriff’s office and federal agencies, served a search warrant at Fifield’s home in Sedalia on Wednesday and arrested him.
The sheriff’s office says people who suspect their children may have been exposed to any of the drugs can get free home test kits by contacting Woodland Park police or their respective schools.
“This is the reason we have School Resource Officers,” Woodland Park School District Superintendent Steve Woolf said in a statement. “We enjoy our cooperation with the police department and sheriff’s office. We are invested in safe schools, so anytime something such as this comes up, we are on it.”
The sheriff’s office said the investigation into Fifield was ongoing. He is being held at the Teller County jail on a $50,000 bond.