Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Probable cause: Cardiologist, wife running marijuana operation
Robert Stuppy, 60, and Becky Stuppy. 65, both of Pineville, face felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and stealing. Officials at Mercy Hospital in Rogers have suspended Stuppy, who has also maintained a practice in Joplin.
From the probable cause statement:
On 9-21/2018, members of the McDonald County Special Response Team retrieved one motion-activated camera out of three that had been placed on a suspected outside a marijuana grow on 09/07/2018.
While viewing on the photographs on the SD card from the camera that were retrieved. A white male subject and a white female subject were seen harvesting the suspected marijuana plants on 9?14/2018 and 9/15/2018. They are seen taking two of the three motion-activated cameras. The motion-activated cameras were on loan from MOCIC and are valued at $1,199.99 each.
The male subject and the female subject were identified as Robert Stuppy and Becky Stuppy through their Missouri Department of Revenue photos.
On 9/21/2018, members of the McDonald County Special Resource Team and the McDonald County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the Stuppys' residence located at 590 Hard Drive in rural Pineville, Missouri.
During the search of the residence, detectives found approximately 16 pounds of a green, leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana and 10 rifles in a locked safe room that was hidden behind a bookshelf that appeared to be mounted to a wall.
The Stuppys are free on $5,000 cash bond each. Their arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. October 29 before Judge John LePage.