PRESCOTT, AZ ; FEBRUARY 19, 2008 – MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, has partnered with Yavapai Silent Witness to crack down on drug activity in middle and high schools throughout Yavapai county. The new program is called “Busted” ; Students Against Drugs and/or Gang Activity Program.” The program will pay cash rewards to students who provide information leading to an arrest involving drugs or gang activity on the school campuses.

The program is the result of Bryan Tucker; CEO of Davidson’s ( and co-founder of the non-profit Good Gun Foundation. The idea came while he was working on a friend’s charity STOMP ACROSS ARIZONA project. One of the goals of the project was to help to raise money and awareness for the MATforce efforts, the idea for an ongoing “Silent Witness” fund came to mind.

The Good Gun Foundation, a non-profit corporation, donated $2,500.00 raised via the STOMP to start the program and Davidson’s donated $10,000.00 for the cash rewards. “We commend the efforts of MATForce and hope these contributions and this program will help MATForce achieve its objectives in our community,” stated Bryan Tucker. “Davidson’s couldn’t be more proud than to be part of this tremendous cause.”

“Busted” works through the Yavapai Silent Witness Program to pay cash rewards to any student who supplies information that leads to an arrest involving methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and/or gang activity on any middle or high school campus in Yavapai County. All information reported through the Silent Witness hotline remains anonymous.

Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and Co-Founder of MATForce, stated: “The Good Gun Foundation and Davidson’s stepped forward to provide an incentive to students to take responsibility for creating safe campuses. We are pleased to partner with them and Yavapai Silent Witness in this endeavor.”

The program is already seeing results in just the first weeks. Yavapai Silent Witness paid a $300.00 cash reward to an anonymous caller who shared information about drugs (meth and LSD) being sold on the Prescott High School campus. After Yavapai Silent Witness received the call they assigned the case to PANT (Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking) who eventually made the arrest of two male suspects.

If you would like to contribute to the “Busted” program, contact Steve Skurja, program director for Yavapai Silent Witness at 928-778-1444.

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