Police find 113 marijuana plants growing in Goodyear home


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Casey James

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 5:15 AM

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – A 55-year-old man is accused of illegally growing marijuana in his Goodyear home.

The Goodyear Police Narcotics Team arrested Kenneth Ruppel, 55, on Wednesday after finding 113 marijuana plants inside his home near Yuma and Citrus roads.

Police said some of the plants were 5 to 6 feet tall. Rooms were set up with several high-pressure lighting fixtures, ventilation systems, watering systems and fans.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said the plants have an estimated street value of $52,000.

Police also located approximately one-fourth pound of marijuana, 1 gram of methamphetamines and an unknown amount of cash in the house.

Ruppel faces five felony drug charges and is being held without bond.

This was Ruppel's second arrest for marijuana cultivation in Goodyear. According to court documents, he was on bond following an arrest for an illegal grow operation discovered last year.

Police said Ruppel admitted to starting up the second grow operation approximately eight months ago and said it was his main source of income.

Police noted that Ruppel does not possess a medical marijuana or marijuana cultivator card.