SWAT team serves warrant at suspected drug house, arrests man

City officials declare home unfit for human habitation

Published On: Apr 03 2013 05:36:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 05:54:14 PM CDT
Michael D. Ruckert
JANESVILLE, Wis. -

A man suspected of maintaining a drug house was arrested on drug charges after the Rock County Sheriff's Office SWAT team executed a search warrant Wednesday morning.

The SWAT team executed the search warrant at 607 S. Walnut St. in Janesville for the Rock County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit, according to a news release.

During the search of the house, an object was located that appeared to be a pipe bomb, sheriff's officials said.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene and disabled the device, according to the news release.

After the device was disabled it was inspected and determined not to contain any explosives, sheriff's officials said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said 10 marijuana plants, 9 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms and 192.2 grams of processed marijuana were seized during the search.

Authorities said the condition of the interior of the house was extremely poor. Janesville Neighborhood Services declared the house unfit for human habitation due to the conditions inside the house, according to the release.

Michael D. Ruckert, 35, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of psilocybin.

Ruckert was taken to the Rock County Jail. He is due in jail court on Thursday.