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Man faces 31 charges after police find marijuana and firearms at residence


Michael Ruggles

Michael Ruggles

A Puna man faces 31 charges after a narcotics search warrant was served on his Fern Acres property.

At 10:55 a.m. Thursday (September 10), officers executed the search warrant at a home on Pikake Street. They recovered 134 marijuana plants, 49.3 pounds of dried processed marijuana, 1.2 pounds and 357 capsules of suspected marijuana concentrate, 5.5 pounds of marijuana edibles, $1,846 in cash for forfeiture, a loaded pistol, a loaded shotgun and a 15-round magazine for a pistol.

The homeowner, 58-year-old Michael Doyle Ruggles of Mountain View, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while Vice Section detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:15 p.m. Friday (September 11), he was charged with five counts of promoting marijuana, seven counts of promoting a harmful drug, four counts of promoting a detrimental drug, 14 counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of ownership magazine prohibited. His bail was set at $84,500.

He remains in the cellblock pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Monday (September 14).

6 Responses to “Man faces 31 charges after police find marijuana and firearms at residence”

  1. Maui Shadow says:

    Ridiculous! This is what happens when the state has a medical cannabis program for 15 years without a dispensary system. This man should be commended for helping those who need this medicine and can’t grow it themselves. The MMJ laws in this state are written to make it as difficult as possible to follow. Legalize already!

  2. Plant Down Babylon says:

    I heard the green harvest crew was trying to get a dispensary license. The hypocrisy is astounding.

  3. overgrow the system says:

    While the state gears up to control the market on medical marijuana through a preordained and expensive permit selection process, the police state is busy taking out the competition. This fake state looks more and more like just another well armed drug cartel.

    • Plant Down Babylon says:

      Amen brother. The kops are nothing more than revenue generators. You’re lucky if they show up 2hrs after they’re called.

      I would never call them, however. could be dangerous to you and your family. No telling what they might do.

      The only way is to protect yourself. Castle doctrine

  4. Plant Down Babylon says:

    And when the 2nd amendment says ‘shall not be infringed’, that doesn’t include anything the stupid state/feds try to justify. The smartest thing is to not register your weapons (it’s unconstitutional anyways). Just hide em really well.

    Stand up for your rights, people. Or be prepared to lose them


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