Police arrest two, discover 300 marijuana plants during bust

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RUSH COUNTY – Rushville police say a two-week investigation involving several different agencies led to the arrest of two people accused of overseeing a high-tech marijuana operation.

Police arrested Kenneth P. Watkins, 50, and Teresa Watkins, 44, on Friday, June 7, at a facility they rent at 10066 N. Carthage Pike.  Both were charged preliminary with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Investigators from the Rushville Police Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team and other members of the RUFF Drug Task Force found a large indoor marijuana growing operation at the old commercial building just north of Carthage. It included nearly 300 plants, high-tech growing lamps and other tools to plant, grow and process marijuana.

Police obtained a search warrant for the Watkins’ home in Greenfield, where investigators said they found other evidence of illegal drug activity.

Police credited cooperation among agencies for the bust. Both Kenneth and Teresa Watkins are out of the Rush County Jail on $10,000 bond. Police said additional charges could be filed in the case.

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