Police raid innocent family because of indoor garden, spied on their purchases and dug through trash
- Published on May 3, 2013
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LEAWOOD, KS -- Men with assault rifles raided a family who had been growing tomatoes and melons under grow-lights. The government agents thought that was enough probable cause to believe they were growing forbidden plants inside their home.
"It was just like on the cops TV shows," Robert Harte told The Associated Press. "It was like 'Zero Dark Thirty' ready to storm the compound."
Apparently all it takes to get raided is buying hydroponics equipment and materials for indoor gardening.
Dogs entered the home. The armed agents belittled the family and implied that their 13-year-old boy was growing marijuana in the home.
"If this can happen to us and we are educated and have reasonable resources, how does somebody who maybe hasn't led a perfect life supposed to be free in this country?" said Adlynn Harte.
Police kept the father laying on the ground for 2.5 hours and his children huddled on a couch while the SWAT team tore through their home looking for forbidden plants.