Mercy Doctor, Wife Arrested For Marijuana Grow In Southwest Missouri

PINEVILLE, Mo. (KFSM) -- A Mercy cardiologist and his wife are accused of growing more than 16 pounds of marijuana at their home in Pineville, Mo., according to the McDonald County Sheriff's Office.

Dr. Robert J. Stuppy, 60, and Becky Kay Stuppy, 65, both face charges of possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and stealing -- all felonies.

The hospital on Wednesday (Sept. 26) suspended Dr. Stuppy indefinitely, according to Jennifer Cook, spokeswoman for Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.

Cook said Dr. Stuppy was also relieved of all clinical and administrative duties pending an internal review.

Sheriff's deputies set up three motion-activated cameras on the suspected grow site earlier this month and went to retrieve them Friday (Sept. 21), according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies recovered one camera, which allegedly showed the Stuppys harvesting the plants on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 and taking the other two cameras.

Deputies later searched the home and found roughly 16.1 pounds of marijuana, a .357 magnum revolver and ten rifles locked in a safe room hidden behind a bookshelf, according to the affidavit.

The Stuppys are free on $5,000 bonds. Their arraignments are set for Oct. 29 in McDonald County Circuit Court.