Janesville man arrested on drug house charges

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

JANESVILLE--A search warrant executed Wednesday morning resulted in a dog chase, a bomb squad deployment and the arrest of a man on charges of running a drug house, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the release:

Michael D. Ruckert, 35, of 607 S. Walnut St., Janesville, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Psilocybin or hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The sheriff’s office SWAT team and Janesville Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 6:25 a.m. at Ruckert’s home. During the search, one of Ruckert’s three dogs—a Great Dane—escaped from the house and was last seen by deputies running westbound on Rockport Road. The dog was later caught around Locust Street and Rockport Road and turned over to Ruckert’s friend.

The Winnebago County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad also responded to the scene to disable a device that appeared to be a pipe bomb. Authorities determined the device did not contain any explosives.

Authorities also seized 10 marijuana plants, 9 grams of mushrooms and 192.2 grams of processed marijuana.

The city’s Neighborhood Services also declared the home unfit for human habitation because of “extremely poor” conditions.

Ruckert was taken to the Rock County Jail and is scheduled to be in court Thursday afternoon.

Last updated: 9:17 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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