SWAT Team Raids Organic Farm, Confiscates Blueberries

 

 

 

 

” A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search. Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm.”

 

 

 

 

” But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at GUNpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.”

 

 

 

 

     This story transpired in August of 2013 but is back in the news because the trial is starting . Yes , a trial … for “illegal” blackberry bushes ? This is the absurdity of the drug war exemplified . Neighbors complain of code violations , make bogus allegations of marijuana plants and SWAT raids a hippy commune . 

    A ten hour SWAT raid for illegal shrubs ? WTF ? Read more here and here .