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Marion man faces child endangerment, drug charges

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An eastern Iowa man is in custody tonight after police say he was growing marijuana in the same home where four children under the age of six were living.

Officers in Marion say they were called to a home in the 900 block of Valleyview Drive on Thursday after they received a complaint of possible drug activity. Once at the home, the officers could smell the "overwhelming odor of marijuana" coming from the house, and obtained a search warrant. Police later found a growing operation in the basement, and also located all four children inside.

28-year-old Antonio Beard was charged with two outstanding drug and domestic assault warrants, and now faces new drug charges and a child endangerment charge. He's in custody in the Linn County Jail tonight.

A 24-year-old was also charged with disorderly house, and was released at the scene.

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