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Traffic stop leads to discovery of marijuana grow operation

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Kevin Shope (Source: LMDC) Kevin Shope (Source: LMDC)
Rachel Fultz (Source: LMDC) Rachel Fultz (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – When Jefferson County deputy sheriffs pulled over a car for speeding early Wednesday they probably didn't expect it would end with them finding a large marijuana growing operation.

According to an arrest report, when Kevin Allen Shope, 46, was stopped for going 55 miles per hour in a 35 MPH zone deputies said he smelled of marijuana. After Shope denied a request by deputies to search his home, a search warrant was obtained.

Inside the home in the 3000 block of Meade Avenue, deputies found a "sophisticated cannabis grow operation." The arrest report states 17 plants were found inside the home and another four outside. There was also a small amount of processed marijuana in the basement along with drug paraphernalia.

Shope and a second person who was in the home when the warrant was served, Rachel F. Fultz, 27, were arrested. Each are charged of cultivating marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, and trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school.

Deputies said the growing operation was taking place near two schools, St. Stephen Martyr Catholic School and Audubon Traditional Elementary School.

In addition to the marijuana, deputies also found three guns in the home – two long guns and a .38 caliber handgun.

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