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Daycare Arrest Update

Posted 8/31/2012 11:42 AM by KWESTBERG

There have been questions from citizens, with respect to this investigation.. Why it took nearly a year to arrest Tina M. Jones for running an unlicensed daycare and growing marijuana inside the residence. Here is a synopsis and time frame of the investigation which will clarify any concerns with these questions.

Nearly one year ago West Valley School District Resource Deputy Ed Cashman advised investigators he was making several arrests for possession of marijuana at West Valley High School and Centennial Middle School. Deputy Cashman continued to make similar arrests throughout the 2011-2012 school year until he was told by one of the students on May 22, 2012, that students were purchasing marijuana from Tina Jones. Through Deputy Cashman's investigation he found out Jones lived an address on E. Buckeye. Deputy Cashman forwarded this information on to the Sheriff's Office Investigative Support Unit (ISU).

Sheriff's Office ISU detectives initiated an investigation, utilized a confidential informant and made their first purchase of marijuana from Jones on the week of June 4, 2012, at her residence. The informant positively identified Jones as the one who was selling the marijuana but did not know anything about a marijuana grow. On this date there were two children at the residence, Jones teenage daughter and one other child.

On the week of July 16, 2012, the informant made a second purchase of marijuana from Jones at her residence. The informant told investigators there were five children in the residence on this occasion. The informant also told investigators Jones said she had a babysitting business, which was why there were so many children present.

On the week of August 20, 2012, the informant made a third purchase of marijuana from Jones at her residence. The informant told investigators there were seven children present on this occasion.

As a result of these controlled purchases, investigators established enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the residence, which was served Thursday morning, August 30, 2012. Present at the warrant was a case worker from Child Protective Services (CPS). The case worker advised ISU detectives that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) had recently started an investigation into allegations Jones was operating an unlicensed daycare out of her residence.

It was not confirmed until serving the warrant that Jones was in fact operating an unlicensed daycare. Investigators also had no information Jones was actively growing marijuana inside her residence until the warrant was served and the grow was located in a hidden location inside the residence.

Today, Friday, August 31, 2012, ISU detectives are charging Jones with the following crimes:

• Three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, marijuana.
• One count of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver
• One count of Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, marijuana.

All charging affidavits will be filed with the prosecutor's office after noon today, August 31, 2012.