Jemison Police Department seizes 786 marijuana plants from Jemison homeBy Emily Etheredge Published 4:16pm Friday, August 22, 2014
The Jemison Police Department seized 786 marijuana plants, 2 ounces of marijuana already harvested, and multiple articles of drug paraphernalia from a Jemison home on Thursday.
Aaron James Rueter, 43, of Jemison, was arrested Thursday morning after officers seized the drugs, according to a release from Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer.
Fulmer said Alabama State Troopers Marijuana Eradication Task Force flew over a residence on County Road 5 in Jemison, and spotted the marijuana from the air.
Jemison Police officers along with assisting agencies from the state, Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and Clanton Police Department secured the residence and took Rueter into custody.
“Once the residence was secured, officers from JPD obtained a search warrant,” Fulmer said. “During the search of the residence, the marijuana plants, several bags of harvested marijuana, and paraphernalia used to smoke and manufacture marijuana were recovered.”
Rueter is currently being held in the Chilton County Jail with no bond.
He is charged with trafficking marijuana, a Class A felony; unlawful manufacture of marijuana, a Class B felony; first-degree possession of marijuana, a Class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
“This is a substantial amount of marijuana that will never end up on our streets,” Fulmer said. “These officers did a great job, and I thank the assisting agents for the extra manpower.”
Fulmer said the street value for the marijuana is more than $1.5 million.