Trafficking marijuana case to head to trial in July

Published 11:13 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

The case involving a Jemison man facing drug charges including trafficking marijuana will head to trial in July.

Aaron James Rueter, 43, of Jemison, was scheduled to appear in court in April for his plea date where he would have the option to inform the court whether the case would go to trial or whether he would enter a plea of guilty, according to court records.

An order filed by Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller said Rueter’s plea was held open and Fuller scheduled the case to go trial July 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Rueter faces two charges including trafficking marijuana, a Class A felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, according to court records.

Rueter was arrested in August 2014 after officers with the Jemison Police Department seized 786 marijuana plants, two ounces of marijuana already harvested and multiple articles of drug paraphernalia from Rueter’s home.

At the time of Rueter’s arrest, authorities said Alabama State Troopers Marijuana Eradication Task Force flew over Rueter’s home on County Road 5 in Jemison and spotted the marijuana from the air.

JPD officers, along with assisting agencies from the state, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and Clanton Police Department, secured the residence and took Rueter into custody.

At the time of the arrest, authorities estimated the street value for the marijuana was more than $1.5 million.

Currently, Rueter remains out of jail on a bond of $30,750.