Thursday, August 15, 2013

Armored SWAT Raids Farm After Mistaking Tomatoes for Marijuana

In a powerful display of the war on drugs, armored SWAT members have reportedly ‘destroyed’ a farm during a marijuana raid that was the result of one officer mistaking tomato plants for a marijuana growing operation. 
 SWAT members raiding.

But perhaps the most important part of this story is the method as to which the raid was initiated, which involved one detective construing common language posted online to mean that the farm was growing illegal drugs. Meanwhile, of course, the mega banks are getting away with funding the actual drug cartels with open arms.
Costing thousands in taxpayer dollars, it all began when the Narcotics Unit utilized aerial surveillance to locate the ‘marijuana growing operation’ following suspicions from officers who felt that certain words on the farm’s website meant they were growing marijuana in bulk. But what’s equally amazing is the initial charges that were being served via warrant to the owners of the ‘Garden of Eden’ farm compound, which is described as a ‘sustainable garden’.
The Arlington Voice publication writes that the farm compound, which of course relies on the growth of crops and the land, was being served an initial  inspection and abatement warrant over what was described by police as ‘high weeds and grass’ as well as ‘improper land use’. Thrown in with some other crimes, like running a ‘food business’ out of their homes, the farm was slapped with $3,600 in fines along with the warrant. But, of course, that was just the beginning.
How the warrant was initiated and this entire fiasco began is even more disturbing and outlandish.


It turns out that one of the police detectives was able to go ahead and request the warrant after performing ‘online research’ on the compound, during which she uncovered ‘buzz words’ that apparently meant the farm must have been growing marijuana. As it turns out, the words she found online are actually what I would describe as laughable, teenage-level terminology that means virtually nothing significant.  The famous words that sparked the destructive raid described the farm’s food as ‘uber dank culinary artistry’.

Now, I don’t expect the detective to be familiar with the wording here, but perhaps she should have utilized an online dictionary reference before going ahead and launching a SWAT raid on the farm over the description. Uber, as you may be aware, is basically a German word for describing something that’s ‘super’ or ‘above’ — such as really awesome food. Dank is another word that basically describes something that is ‘cool’. So basically this officer is going off of a description that says the food at the farm is super cool.
Truly the mark of an illegal drug ring.
It’s actually a pretty laughable scenario until you consider not only the cost of all of this, which comes from the taxpayers, but the damage done to the farm itself. According to the farm owners, the armed SWAT raid did a lot of damage to the crops and property itself (which is also now the subject of a $3,600 fine independent of the drug assertions). One farm resident explained what went down with the aerial surveillance and raid on the farm to one NBC affiliate:
“They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel,” said farm resident Quinn Eaker. “That’s just really bad intel.”

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