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1/6/2014 12:47:00 PM
Two of 3 arrested in drug bust sentenced
Left: Alicia High, right: Jami Rickard
Left: Alicia High, right: Jami Rickard
Scott Orr
Special to the Review

Two women who were arrested in November 2013 for cooking narcotics and smoking meth in a home where two small children were present accepted plea agreements and were sentenced on Friday.

Alicia M. High, 25, and Jami M. Rickard, 30, were charged with possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rickard also faced one count of child abuse.

Dirk E. High, 24, faces similar charges as Alicia. The Highs are the parents of a 2-year-old and a 5-year old.

On Nov. 22 at about 11 a.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of West Yellowstone Drive in Paulden for a report of drug use around children. They met Adult and Child Protective Services personnel who told them the bathroom was being used as a small drug lab, complete with spoons for cooking narcotics, syringes, and a lightbulb fashioned into a drug pipe, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

The parents were not home; the children were being watched by an adult living there, who was not using drugs and was not arrested. Authorities had the parents come back to the home and questioned them. They reportedly both admitted to having smoked meth earlier in the day, said they were addicted to prescription pain medication, and implicated Rickard, saying she had smoked meth with them. Rickard admitted she had, D'Evelyn said.

On Friday, the two women were sentenced on the drug charges; Rickard's child abuse charge was dropped.

Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock gave them each 18 months' supervised probation and put them into the drug offender treatment program.

Dirk has also accepted a plea and will be sentenced later this month.

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