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RHS student arrested for possession of knives, pot

Ryan Hoffman
Rifle police officers arrested a 17-year-old Rifle High School student Tuesday morning after discovering marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, knives and two BB guns in the student’s vehicle at the school.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

Rifle police officers found marijuana, knives and two BB guns leading to the arrest Tuesday morning of a juvenile in the Rifle High School parking lot.

Officers were waiting for the 17-year-old when he arrived at school around 9:40 a.m. Police received an anonymous tip earlier in the morning stating the items were in the student’s vehicle.

“The tip gave no indication other than that those items were in the vehicle,” said Rifle Police Chief John Dyer.

In addition to marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, officers discovered multiple knives ranging in length from 4 to 6 inches, according to Dyer. The two BB guns had no markings indicating that they were not real firearms, he added.

After talking with the student, police got no indication that the student planned to use the weapons at the school. Officers arrested the student for possession of weapons on school grounds, possession of marijuana by a minor, possession of marijuana paraphernalia by a minor and violation of a protection order.

In prepared statements, Garfield Re-2 administrators expressed their gratitude for the police department’s handling of the situation.

“The partnership that Garfield Re-2, and specifically Rifle High School, has with the Rifle Police Department is exceptional,” said Dave Lindenberg, acting superintendent. “We appreciate their commitment to maintaining the safety of our students, staff and community.”

Rifle High Principal Todd Ellis remarked about the importance of being vigilant.

“We talk to our students and community about the importance of reporting suspicious activity,” he said. “In this time of giving thanks, we can be thankful that there are community members committed to keeping students, schools and their town safe.”

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