The Herald Bulletin

May 24, 2013

Couple arrested in large marijuana growing operation

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ELWOOD, Ind. — Approximately $200,000 worth of marijuana was discovered in the basement of a house belonging to a couple arrested Thursday night.

Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, face dealing and possession of marijuana charges for allegedly maintaining a huge marijuana growing operation in the basement of their home in the 11000 block of North 33rd Street in Elwood.

The operation was unearthed by Madison and Hamilton County Drug Task Force officers after finding something suspicious earlier in the day, according to a press release from Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna.

Elwood police officer Bryan Branson and his K-9 dog Titan stopped Stephen Stookey for a traffic infraction near Casey’s General Store in Elwood and found about a pound of marijuana in a white Jeep Cherokee Stookey was driving.

This allowed police to obtain a search warrant for the Stookey house where they found 111 plants and about $30,000 worth of growing equipment. Also found were 70 clone plants, four mother plants and six one-pound bags of processed marijuana.

The Indiana State Police’s Eradication Team was called to the scene to assist with the dismantling of the operation. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the site.

Stephen Stookey was released from jail earlier this year for a conviction in 2012. He was found guilty of pointing a firearm at another person and given a six-month sentence. He spent three months on in-home detention earlier in 2013 and was released on May 9.

Both Stookey and his wife were transported to Madison County Jail after the arrest and as of Friday night were still in custody, each on $10,000 bond.

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