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Judge: SWAT Teams Now Can Raid Homes For Visiting Gardening Stores

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Buying hydroponic gardening supplies and putting tea leaves in the trash were probable causes for a search warrant and a SWAT-team raid on a family’s home, a federal judge has ruled.

US District Judge John Lungstrum found that sheriff’s deputies that held a family at gunpoint because they mistook tea leaves in a garbage can for marijuana acted in a legal and reasonable manner. The police were suspicious after the husband and his two children visited a hydroponics gardening store.

“It was like Zero Dark Thirty ready to storm the compound,” Robert Harte said of an April 2012 raid on his Leawood, Kansas, home.

The Hartes’ home was raided after a Missouri Highway Patrol officer watched Harte carry a small bag from a hydroponics store in Kansas City, Missouri, seven months earlier, Off The Grid Newspreviously reported.

“With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors,” a lawsuit the Hartes filed in 2014 stated.

Lungstrum, though, disagreed, and ruled in late December that the officers had probable cause.

The Missouri Highway Patrol officer’s report led deputies to search the Hartes’ trash and field test it for marijuana. (Warrants are not needed to search trash.) Tea leaves in the trash tested positive for marijuana, and so the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team stormed the Harte home and held the family at gunpoint for two hours while searching for pot. A laboratory test later proved the material in the garbage was tea leaves.

 

 

 

Field tests are notoriously unreliable, The Washington Post’s Radley Balko wrote in a column. In fact, Balko said that nationwide, everything from chocolate chip cookies to Jolly Ranchers have tested positive for illegal drugs using field tests.

“The sheriff’s department couldn’t wait for the more accurate laboratory tests to confirm that the ‘saturated plant material’ was marijuana before sending a SWAT team into the Harte home,” Balko wrote. “… It took all of 10 days to complete those lab tests. The lab not only concluded that substance wasn’t pot, the analysts added, ‘It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems.’”

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http://govtslaves.info/judge-swat-teams-now-can-raid-homes-for-visiting-gardening-stores/

It cost this family 25,000 USD to defend this and they managed to change the law, the part where they don't tell you why you're in trouble, that is! Guess someone messed with the wrong people this time! If the cops are going to be raiding people for pot, then you'd think they'd at least know what it looks like. How hard is that? Pot is very distinctive and there are not that many plants that look like it either. 

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Everyone is suspect now huh?

Let's see, they are going to pass laws stating you need a license to grow anything now.....

They keep pushing us and pushing us, soon were going to push back.

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15 minutes ago, DarkKnightNomeD said:

Everyone is suspect now huh?

Let's see, they are going to pass laws stating you need a license to grow anything now.....

They keep pushing us and pushing us, soon were going to push back.

lol I'm DOOMED! I ordered all kinds of things from Lowe's and other places just last night for gardening. Wait until I turn on the grow light to start my tomatoes, etc and my power bill spikes a little bit. 

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1 hour ago, Cinnamon said:

lol I'm DOOMED! I ordered all kinds of things from Lowe's and other places just last night for gardening. Wait until I turn on the grow light to start my tomatoes, etc and my power bill spikes a little bit. 

Maybe make some signs!!JUST TOMATOES NOT TEA LEAVES!!!!

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"It did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant," Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes told WSB.

Really??  Maybe they need some of those super dooper Nikon cameras that astro-nots are using in space to snap pics of earth. Google earth can supposedly read your license place from a "satellite" but cops can't zoom in on a ground crop from above your house in order to identify it correctly.

Liars and idiots!

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2 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

lol Do you think that might help? 

Look at this! hahaha Drug cops converge on Georgia man's property after spotting ... okra

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/07/us/georgia-okra-marijuana-raid/

Nope your Flucked!!!i hope ur tomatoes come out great.Goodluck and be safe!!!:laugh:.BUT it really is SAD that im joking but really not.It sickening that this ish is even a possibilty!!

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2 hours ago, Cinnamon said:

Buying hydroponic gardening supplies and putting tea leaves in the trash were probable causes for a search warrant and a SWAT-team raid on a family’s home, a federal judge has ruled.

US District Judge John Lungstrum found that sheriff’s deputies that held a family at gunpoint because they mistook tea leaves in a garbage can for marijuana acted in a legal and reasonable manner. The police were suspicious after the husband and his two children visited a hydroponics gardening store.

“It was like Zero Dark Thirty ready to storm the compound,” Robert Harte said of an April 2012 raid on his Leawood, Kansas, home.

The Hartes’ home was raided after a Missouri Highway Patrol officer watched Harte carry a small bag from a hydroponics store in Kansas City, Missouri, seven months earlier, Off The Grid Newspreviously reported.

“With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors,” a lawsuit the Hartes filed in 2014 stated.

Lungstrum, though, disagreed, and ruled in late December that the officers had probable cause.

The Missouri Highway Patrol officer’s report led deputies to search the Hartes’ trash and field test it for marijuana. (Warrants are not needed to search trash.) Tea leaves in the trash tested positive for marijuana, and so the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team stormed the Harte home and held the family at gunpoint for two hours while searching for pot. A laboratory test later proved the material in the garbage was tea leaves.

 

 

 

Field tests are notoriously unreliable, The Washington Post’s Radley Balko wrote in a column. In fact, Balko said that nationwide, everything from chocolate chip cookies to Jolly Ranchers have tested positive for illegal drugs using field tests.

“The sheriff’s department couldn’t wait for the more accurate laboratory tests to confirm that the ‘saturated plant material’ was marijuana before sending a SWAT team into the Harte home,” Balko wrote. “… It took all of 10 days to complete those lab tests. The lab not only concluded that substance wasn’t pot, the analysts added, ‘It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems.’”

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http://govtslaves.info/judge-swat-teams-now-can-raid-homes-for-visiting-gardening-stores/

It cost this family 25,000 USD to defend this and they managed to change the law, the part where they don't tell you why you're in trouble, that is! Guess someone messed with the wrong people this time! If the cops are going to be raiding people for pot, then you'd think they'd at least know what it looks like. How hard is that? Pot is very distinctive and there are not that many plants that look like it either. 

That family needs to spend some $$$ to put up and maintain some large billboards on the side of the road of each highway coming in to that county spelling out what the State Patrol and that Sheriff's Dept did to their family.

Shame the crap out of the state patrol and sheriff's dept. Never allowed them to live it down! Push it in their faces everyday!

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