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Vernon Man Held on 19 Drug Charges After Search Warrant Is Executed on His Home

July 24, 2017

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Vernon man on 19 drug charges after executing a search warrant on his home Saturday night.

Michael Rupert of 501 ‘A’ Street is being held on a Class X felony for unlawful possession with intent to deliver 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine, 11 counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and single counts of possession of 15 to 100 grams of meth, meth related child endangerment, protection of meth via use of surveillance cameras, manufacture or delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis, illegal possession of a weapon by a felony and production of 12 cannabis plants.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies tell WJBD/WSIQ news a search warrant was sought on the home after they had gone to the residence seeking 24-year-old Shannon Hack. She was wanted on outstanding Marion and Fayette County warrants. Deputies report no one answered the door, but as they stood outside the back door they discovered a cannabis plant growing in a pot.

After Judge Michael McHaney signed the search warrant, deputies entered the home and allegedly found drug items in the kitchen and an outside shed. Deputies also located a loaded 380 caliber weapon with the drugs in the shed. Surveillance cameras were allegedly found in both the living room and a bedroom.

Deputies say they found over 20 grams of meth packaged for sale, 278 grams of cannabis along with the nine cannabis plants, and 26 different types of prescription medications. 11 of the 26 narcotic drugs were possessed in violation of the controlled substances act. Deputies also allegedly located electronic scales with meth and cannabis residue and a large amount of drug paraphernalia. The child endangerment charge was filed after drug residue was allegedly found on a high chair in the kitchen.

Rupert was not at home at the time the search warrant was executed. He was later arrested at a relative’s home without incident.

Deputies say while they were awaiting the issuance of the search warrant Hack returned home and was arrested on a Marion County failure to appear DUI warrant and Fayette County attachment for contempt. Haupt was not charged with any of the drug activity because she reportedly had not stayed at the home the past three weeks.

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