Police bust porch pot farm

Published 09/23 2016 04:46PM

Updated 09/23 2016 04:46PM

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Police say a Bettendorf man was growing marijuana right on the front porch of his house.

Officers were called out to a home in the 2500 block of Central Avenue on Thursday for a report of a pot growing operation.

When police arrived they could see what appeared to be marijuana growing inside the enclosed porch.

According to police reports the homeowner, Mark Watkins, 46, showed the officers four marijuana plants, each about six-and-a-half feet high.  The plants were being grown under fluorescent lights and had a watering system.

Watkins allegedly told police that he has a permit to grow marijuana through "California compact law", that he had been growing it for several months and planned to keep half for personal use and give the other half away.

"(Watkins) stated he did not get an Iowa drug tax stamp because no one gave him the paperwork to get one".

Mark Watkins has been charged with manufacturing cannabis, and failure to affix a Drug Tax Stamp.

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