Crime

Police Launch Raid On Organic Farm After Mistaking Tomato Plants For Marijuana

| by Jordan Smith

Residents of a commune in Texas have filed a lawsuit after police raided their organic farm because they suspected marijuana was being grown there.

Officers raided the garden of Eden farm in August 2013 based on a search warrant claiming that drugs and weapons were on the site.

“For most of the day they kept us away form [sic] the garden with guns on their sides, while they entered our land and took whatever they wanted. After demanding to water our crops and check on our chickens, I went out and grabbed a few pics of their operation. Got a few pics of the trucks and trailers and some of the officials involved,” wrote commune leader Quinn Eaker on Facebook on Aug 2, 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The raid began at 7:40 a.m., and Eaker and seven other commune residents were still in handcuffs eight hours later as the area was searched.

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According to Arlington Detective Magdalena Perez, Eaker possessed “a usable quantity of marijuana of two ounces or less” in Arlington “on or about July 30, 2013,” Mintpress News reported. However, no source was sighted for this claim.

Police also argued that the commune’s website raised concern. It advertises the 'uber dank high vibe cuisine' which can be cooked from the produce grown there.

“[Detective Perez] knows through her training and experience that "Uber Dank" is also slang for high quality marijuana. [Perez] also knows that individuals who consume marijuana often refer to the sensation felt after consumption as a 'high’,” an affidavit said, reported by the Chronicle.

But the website explicitly noted that the term meant delicious.

The commune’s lawsuit claims that the residents’ fourth amendment rights to protection from unreasonable searches was violated.

“This is a case about whether there was probable cause to issue the warrant,” attorney Wes Dauphinot said. “That's what triggers the Fourth Amendment.”

“By the way her affidavit reads you would think there was a live drug cartel going on in Arlington that nobody knew about except the police department,” Dauphinot added. “The only problem is it was just a bunch of farmers”

Police found neither drugs nor weapons on the property.

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Mintpress News/ photo credit: mintpress News