Texas Police Raid Farming Commune After Mistaking Tomato Plants For Marijuana

tomatoesPerhaps to be on the safe side, we should prohibit growing plants in general. NBC 5 Dallas–Fort Worth reports:

A small organic farm in South Arlington is demanding an apology from police who raided the property in early August. Officers raided the Garden of Eden, a 3.5-acre farm, searching for marijuana in the gardens, according to search warrants. Police did not any drugs.

Quinn Eaker, a resident, told NBC 5 that the six adults who live at the farm were handcuffed when SWAT officers from the Arlington Police Department came to their home with weapons drawn. According to a statement posted on the Garden of Eden’s website, the raid of the farm lasted for an estimated 10 hours.

Code compliance officers mowed the grass on the property and removed wild, cultivated plants including blackberries and okra. Eaker said that the plants police mistook to be marijuana were likely tomatoes: “They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel.”

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    <–Doing life in Angola for an out-of-spec tomato bruschetta.

  • Josh Webb

    Makes me ashamed to be from the Dallas Fort Worth area. All that trouble to find a little bit of pot, and probably destroy what produce they were growing just to maybe find one pot plant? Yet no one ever drives out to scumbag Azle, Texas (right in the Dallas Fort Worth area) to shut down the meth labs that are strewn across that god awful town.

    • Echo Moon

      but they didn’t find any pot….. somebody had a unfulfilled hard on for that commune and that was revenge.

  • Anarchy Pony

    God Bless ‘Murrica!

  • Calypso_1

    My Japanese Maples are doomed.

  • Kat

    they better pay up for ruining all those plants

  • Andrew

    Between this and Hunger Games Camp I’m starting to think the ex-Confederacy needs to be blockaded and troops stationed along the borders.

    • DeepCough

      Don’t worry, if Hillary Clinton gets into the Oval Office, they’ll set them up all by themselves.

    • Matt Staggs

      The “Hunger Games” camp is probably a lot of fun for kids. It’s a popular movie and book series. No worse than playing “Army” as a kid. Maybe even a lot safer. I’m certain that there’s plenty of “teh stoopids” going on up North, too.

      • Ted Heistman

        Up North they are going after small scale organic pig farmers.

        http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news_wp/?p=11155

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          That was here in Michigan. At first it was all to end the ‘plague of feral pigs’ (a plague no one seems to have experienced or witnessed) when it was being sold to our state reps…a cool minute after it was law it turned into an industry backed crackdown on small pork producers and exotic breed keepers.

          • Ted Heistman

            yeah, its scary. Permaculture/organic farming is radical activism.

  • BuzzCoastin

    pigs suffer no consequences for their actions
    so stupidity among them runs rampant

  • Jim McMillan

    Those victims need to talk to a lawyer. The cops may be personally liable under 42 USC 1983

  • DeepCough

    “Officer, these are medicinal tomatoes!”

  • Ted Heistman

    I don’t think it was a mistake. Local small scale food production is a threat to Monopolistic Factory Food.

    • Calypso_1

      You might be right. Given the spate of laws/ordinances against local growing this may be the chosen avenue to enforcement. God I hope not. If they do you know it will be slow & insidious enough against all the usual suspects that only those on the fringe will complain. Implement something like this over a generation and code enforcers will be coming by with DNA swab kits to see if you’ve ‘stolen’ any patented GMO’s.

  • teklife

    isn’t this supposed to be the right wing haven of less government?

  • Tsuyoshi Nonaka

    It’s very healthy if we are able to get high with spinach like Popeye.
    But, in that case, spinach would be prohibited.

  • Tsuyoshi Nonaka

    It’s very healthy if we are able to get high with spinach like Popeye.
    But, in that case, spinach would be prohibited.

  • Chugs Rodiguez

    My dad used to tell the neighbours the dope in the vegie garden was “Spanish Tomato”.

    At certain stages tomato lives can look like certain strains of cannabis.

    However more to the point what was the probable cause that justified to a judge that the property had dope on it?

    I’m getting more annoyed with journalists who are failing, consistently to identify critical facts like that.

    That said I don’t think like the others in this thread that monsanto are behind this.

    This is just another case of the massive law enforcement and “justices” system in the United States using the cash cow of evil drugs to justify their existences.

    this raid will be added to the stats and will be used to justify the massive amounts of money spent on Law Enforcement. Worse still these stats will end up being used to justify medals and promotions later on.

    And yet the irony is despite all this wasted money any one of us in any city in the western world can literally get our hands on any drug we want within twenty minutes of leaving ones front door.

  • Ted Heistman