Gardening Supply Purchase Leads To Police Surveillance, Drug Raid
April 3, 2013 by Bob Livingston
Apparently LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) in Leawood, Kansas, have run out of criminals to pursue and have turned their attention to in-home gardeners.
On April 20, 2012, LEOs from the Kansas City suburb raided the home of Adlynn and Robert Harte looking for marijuana. LEOs armed with “assault rifles” and dressed in SWAT gear pounded on their door at 7:30 a.m. The raid came after months of surveillance, LEOs told them.
The trouble is there’s no evidence the Hartes are marijuana users, and the raid turned up only six vegetable plants growing in the Hartes’ hydroponics garden in their home’s basement: three tomato plants, one melon plant and two butternut squash plants.
After almost a full year of trying to find out from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Leawood Police Department the basis for the search warrant that allowed the LEOs to rifle through their belongings, frighten their children and accuse one son of marijuana use, the Hartes filed suit in Johnson County District Court under the Kansas Open Records Act. They hope to learn whether the sheriff’s office based the raid on “well-founded belief of marijuana use and cultivation” or it was simply a publicity stunt as part of a series of raids conducted thought the area that day.
Cheryl Pilate, the Hartes’ attorney, told CBS St. Louis: “She suspects the couple’s 1,825-square-foot split level was targeted because they had bought hydroponic equipment to grow a small number of tomatoes and squash plants in their basement.”
Harte said he built the hydroponic garden with his son a couple of years ago and that they don’t use the powerful light bulbs that are sometimes used to grow marijuana, so their electricity usage shouldn’t have changed dramatically. The CBS St. Louis report throws out this little-known tidbit as part of its “reporting”: “Changes in utility usage can sometimes lead authorities to such operations.” (As an aside, the new smart meters being forced on electricity users across the country will flag increased electricity usage and make everyone ripe for a LEO assault should their electricity usage spike.)
Pilate said no one in the Harte family uses illegal drugs, and no charges were filed. The lawsuit noted Adlynn Harte, who works for a financial planning firm, and Robert Harte, who cares for the couple’s children, each were required to pass rigorous background checks for their previous jobs — and here’s the ultimate irony — working for the CIA (the world’s biggest drug-running operation) in Washington, D.C. Pilate said she couldn’t provide any other details about their CIA employment.
“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?” Adlynn Harte rhetorically asked CBS St. Louis. How indeed?
The war on drugs is sham and a scam and Federal agents, Federal agencies and State and local LEOs are corrupted by it. Meanwhile, U.S. prisons and cemeteries are overflowing with its victims.