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.”

21 Comments on "Texas Police Raid Farming Commune After Mistaking Tomato Plants For Marijuana"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

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

  2. Josh Webb | Aug 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm |

    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 | Aug 19, 2013 at 11:56 am |

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

  3. Anarchy Pony | Aug 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

    God Bless ‘Murrica!

  4. Calypso_1 | Aug 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

    My Japanese Maples are doomed.

  5. they better pay up for ruining all those plants

  6. 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 | Aug 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

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

    • Matt Staggs | Aug 16, 2013 at 11:55 am |

      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.

  7. BuzzCoastin | Aug 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm |

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

  8. Jim McMillan | Aug 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |

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

  9. DeepCough | Aug 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm |

    “Officer, these are medicinal tomatoes!”

  10. Ted Heistman | Aug 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

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

    • Calypso_1 | Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 am |

      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.

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

  12. Tsuyoshi Nonaka | Aug 18, 2013 at 6:56 am |

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

  13. Tsuyoshi Nonaka | Aug 18, 2013 at 7:04 am |

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

  14. Chugs Rodiguez | Aug 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm |

    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.

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