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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A lot of green thumbs ended up with fingerprint ink on them Wednesday.

    Police agencies on both sides of the state line carried out raids on indoor marijuana-growing operations that resulted in at least 14 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,300 plants, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

    It was no coincidence that the operation — dubbed Constant Gardener — occurred on April 20, which has become a holiday for marijuana users around the world.

    “We wanted to celebrate with them today,” Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said.

    Officers from about 30 police agencies in eastern Kansas and western Missouri conducted the raids.

    The operation was part of an ongoing investigation that involves law-enforcement agencies covering territory from Wichita to Columbia, Lowe said.

    Since 2007, more than 130 indoor growing operations have been disrupted and more than 10,000 marijuana plants have been seized.

    Residences, barns, warehouses and even a motel room have been used to grow the plants, the patrol said. In some cases, entire houses were used to grow marijuana without anyone actually living there.

    The Kansas City Star



  1. DamnIMissMaryJ
    “We wanted to celebrate with them today.” Wow... What a douche-bag.
  2. Balzafire
    Tomato Grower Wrongly Caught Up In Marijuana Roundup

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19948&stc=1&d=1303401062[/imgl]'The Last Time I Checked, It Wasn't Illegal To Grow A Tomato Plant' Man Says
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Hundreds of marijuana plants were seized by police officers on 4/20, a day celebrated in the drug culture to use marijuana. But when Independence, Mo., police showed up at one man's door looking for marijuana, they found something else.

    Independence police found a growing operation Wednesday afternoon: a tomato growing operation.

    "What I saw today was not protection," the man told KMBC's Cliff Judy. "That was harassment, all because of where I made a purchase."

    Independence police said the Missouri Highway Patrol monitors stores that sell hydroponic growing equipment, and they use those sales to track down illegal marijuana growing operations. That information is what led them to the man's door.

    "The last time I checked, it wasn't illegal to grow a tomato plant, but it makes you wonder," the man said.

    Photos: Tomato Growing Operation

    The man asked KMBC News not to identify him because he is an emergency responder and his job would be put at risk for speaking out.

    "What is anybody going to think now?" the man asked. "I'm probably going to be pegged now as a person who was growing something, but they couldn't figure it out."

    The man told Judy that he supports fighting drugs and has no problem with the officers who came to his home. But he also said he thinks labeling him as a possible drug dealer because of buying hydroponic equipment is profiling.

    "I understand that a lot of people use hydroponic equipment for illegal ways, but that's just like saying everybody who buys a gun is going to be a criminal and murder somebody," the man said.

    Independence police said the same tactic that took them to the man's home led them to a different part of Independence Wednesday morning where they busted an active marijuana growing operation.

    Police said in addition to the Independence bust, hundreds of marijuana plants were seized throughout the Kansas City metro on Wednesday.

    Kansas City News
    April 21, 2011
  3. DamnIMissMaryJ
    Those illegal hydroponic tomatoes are so addictive. When mashed and heated in a spoon with sugar... french fries will never taste the same! I bet the cops face was red with embarrassment... hahaha!

    Sorry I will stop with the horrible puns now.
  4. tashuisclay
    What an as5hole, way to gain peoples admiration and respect, would he not be better off busting crack dealers etc than putting scarce police funding to work busting harmless to society marijuana growers
  5. theonememyselfandeye
    Sad, way to be proud about ruining lives. To the owners of the shops selling the equipment and knowing full well they are going to turn over info to cops or bare minimum turn a blind eye and not warn their customers, you can go to hell. Way to screw your customers out of some years of their life's and at the same time ensure a steady stream of business. Very smart business but total sleaze bag move, completely shameless, the act of a greedy coward.
  6. Ghetto_Chem
    This is great as it just helps others know exactly what not to do. Swims friend always watches for tails when he leaves the local hydroponic store, but to know that they actual monitor the sales as well was something he DID NOT know. This is true big brother 1984 shit man.

    As they advance their tactics so shall the growers. Always buy cash, never use credit cards. Credit cards are just the beginning of the enslavement of man.

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