MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Maricopa police left narcotics at an elementary school after a training exercise, Arizona's Family learned Thursday.

Officials with the Maricopa Unified School District confirmed the July 3 incident the took place at Butterfield Elementary School in a letter sent to parents.

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In the letter, the school district says the package of drugs was found a week later by a teacher who threw the package of drugs into a trashcan.

July 25, 2019

Dear MUSD Parents:

Maricopa Unified School District partners with Maricopa Police Department in a number of ways to keep our students safe. Part of that relationship is the use of District facilities for training purposes. This morning, district officials were informed that during a July 3rd training exercise, Maricopa Police Department may have inadvertently left narcotics on the Butterfield Elementary School campus.

This morning, District officials advised Butterfield Elementary to have students and staff shelter in place while the Maricopa Police Department conducted a search of the school. After interviewing teachers, it was determined a teacher found the package on July 15; not knowing what it was, the teacher discarded the package in the trash. At no time were students ever exposed to the package.

As always, our first priority is student and staff safety. We are committed to transparency and collaboration with our families and, in our connected community, receiving factual information from the source is important. If you have any questions, please contact us at 520-568-5100.

Sincerely, Dr. Tracey Lopeman

Superintendent, Maricopa Unified School District

Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado says their office is reviewing their policies to account for this incident.

Ricardo says an internal investigation has been opened into the incident to help prevent this from happening again.

Moving forward, Ricardo says any K-9 training to be conducted at places where the public may have access have been suspended.

School officials do not believe any students had contact with the drugs.


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