Police Find Marijuana Growing Operation In Iowa City Man's Basement

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A marijuana grow operation was discovered in an Iowa City man's basement last month.

Acting on a tip, Iowa City police went to 2103 Taylor Drive -- the home of 38-year-old Bradley R. Askvig -- on Sept. 6 to investigate a possible grow operation. Police said Askvig denied having such an operation in his home, but later admitted to having a "few plants" for personal use.

Askvig invited police into his home and took them to the basement. There, police said Askvig had a room dedicated to growing marijuana. Six large plants were growing inside a large, climate-controlled tent and a smaller tent contained smaller plants. Askvig also had a container with several species of seeds and a quart-sized glass jar half full of harvested marijuana.

Askvig has been arrested and faces one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and Iowa drug tax stamp violation, both class D felonies.
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