Police: Warrant issued after teacher found cocaine in elementary student’s jacket in December

Steamboat Pilot & Today

An investigation into an incident involving a bag of cocaine that was found inside a kindergartner’s coat is ongoing, according to Steamboat Springs police.

Channel 4 CBS News in Denver reported the incident on Thursday, March 10, saying a bag of cocaine was recently discovered in a 5-year-old girl’s coat at school. However, the TV station didn’t mention that the case stemmed from an incident that actually happened in December.

According to Steamboat police, authorities were notified by the Soda Creek Elementary School administration after a young student arrived for school, the teacher greeted the student with a hug, and that teacher found a suspicious baggie in the student’s jacket hood.

Police said the baggie contained a powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine, and the substance is undergoing further analysis by Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Steamboat police, members of the All Crimes Enforcement Team and the Routt County Department of Human Services immediately began an investigation and identified a suspect, according to SSPD.

Detectives have reportedly secured an arrest warrant for the suspect and executed a search at the suspect’s residence. However, the suspect is still on the lam, and police said they are actively working with other agencies to try to locate the individual.

Police said the investigation remains active, and further details will not be released at this time.

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