Man charged with growing marijuana indoors

RIPLEY – On Wednesday, Tippah authorities made short work of what they said was an indoor marijuana growing operation, confiscating plants and growing equipment from a County Road 453 residence. No one was home when authorities executed a search warrant at Robert Watson’s home. Inside, deputies confiscated several pots containing 26 plants that were less than a foot tall, as well as a light, timer and plant fertilizer, according to County Narcotics Investigator Tommy Garrett. Watson turned himself in to authorities Thursday and was charged with one count of manufacturing marijuana. No bond had been set as of noon Thursday. In other law enforcement news, the Ripley Police Department and the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department each received a check for $1,000 Thursday morning from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Sheriff Karl Gaillard said the department will use the money to buy digital cameras. He added that the cameras will be bought from Wal-Mart. Ripley Police Chief Mo Graddy said the Police Department will use the money for portable breathalyzers to help get drunken drivers off the road. The Blue Mountain Police Department will also receive a $1,000 check. Chief Mac Lowery said the money will be used to finance the town’s annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo. Walnut Police Chief Scott Jones said he was unsure if the town would receive a check this year.

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