Gardening Supply Purchase Leads To Police Surveillance, Drug Raid


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.

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Bob Livingston

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  • independent thinker

    The SWAT team had new gear and needed an excuse to show it off.

  • rivahmitch

    Nothing of interest here, folks. Move along! SIEG HEIL!

  • Dave Rawe

    Ban hydroponics! (sarcasm)

  • jdn

    Everyone is guilty until proven innocent , if you can afford a good lawyer . This message brought to you by the sponsors of the Patriot Act .

    • John

      If you want to truly ban something that will all the difference, ban the democratic party from ever holding office in the federal government again. This all started 100 years ago under Woodrow Wilson. Has continued by leaps and starts since. Evil is the democratic party.

      • Freedom Train

        Ban both parties….They are all corrupt to the core…

      • Karolyn

        And the Republicans are so good/

      • Jake Thomas

        Agree with you 50% – The republican party isn’t any better.

  • Elda

    I have turned my car port into a hydroponic garden by taking off the roof and putting special plastic sheeting on it. It was so successful I built another. Then I had a spot of bother over the way the public school system is teaching my children and pulled one out of school until I could get it corrected. They sent the police to arrest me on false charges and I believe they thought they were going to get me on one thing or the other ….growing something illegal and found only tomatoes, and every garden vegetable you can think of. After telling the police why I pulled my child and what we were going through and a quick look at the green houses they were impressed and asked to come back and learn more. I was not arrested but found sympathy. It was cool.

  • restorefreedom

    Lots of swat teams these days, but that’s what it takes for our police state to keep us safe???? We need protection from our police force seriously their out of control and don’t realize we have a constitution and civil rights! The drug war is a joke as are most government programs.

    • LarryK357

      our whole government ‘s a joke.

    • Jake Thomas

      Seems instead of just knocking on the door at a legitimate time or waiting until the individual walks out of their house is unacceptable. They feel the need to break down the door at 2 in the morning for trivial BS.

  • Allen Runyon

    This is typical of how most LEO’s work. You are guilty until you can prove you’re innocent. Bad thing about it if they want you to be guilty, most of the time you’ll end up guilty. I’m not saying all cops are crooked but a few bad apples ruins it for all.

  • FreedomFighter

    “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.”

    The banks really run the drug trade, employ the Government both local and federal, such that the opeations cannot exist “unless” sanctioned by tribute thru money laundering.
    When it comes to drugs Nancy Reagan had it right “Just say NO” it is the only way to put them out of business short of making it all legal.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI


    So what is the difference between Democrats and Republicans again…???

    • momo

      The difference is the Republicans say they want a smaller government, but noit really.

      • WTS/JAY

        But noit really? Who then wants a smaller government?

        • momo

          Maybe the Libertarians.

  • MexicanSaysLibtardsRPukes

    Oh Brother! So If I plant veggies in my back yard, Does that means I get raided by the Cops?

    • Balto2

      It could! Late one season, I put in dried-out, overgrown tomato plants on Father’s Day and buried them deep. In August, there was a huge black helicopter circling my home and when I looked out to my garden, there were two men with day-glow orange caps. I walked out and they turned toward me and the caps had POLICE stamped on the front. They laughed and told me I was in no trouble, my plants had triggered the units pot detection devices on the helicopter and they were just checking it out. The men were pleasant, but my knees were still shaking from the experience afterward. Had they been heavy handed, I probably would have sued, but we just joked about our Govt. approved Tomatoes and let it go at that.

      • Centurian

        You should have invited them to leave your property immediately if they didn’t have a warrant and shot them if they refused.

  • unfree

    Sure funny most citizens feel marijuana should be legal, but the true death dealers don’t Alcohol distillers and Pharmaceutical companies . The government is the kingpins of the drug trade and the cops are their gangs. See how their are armed to enforce their will on the surfs , but not on those poor law breaking (ILLEGAL ALIENS) . Police that’s not our job to enforce that (Federal Law) and worst of all the Fed’s don’t ether . If it possess no medical value why did those liars bother to produce a synthetic compound with (Government FLAMING DUMB ASSES FDA) approval

  • Capt_J@sea

    An earlier poster here, Gregg Park, has echoed almost word-for-word the ideas I’ve been expounding whenever the so-called ‘war on drugs’. Legalize all of it. And sell dirt cheap through government-licensed outlets (being very careful to minimize government involvement and preventing the collection of personal information from buyers).

    First of all, the war on drugs is over and the drug cartels have won. Why?

    1. Because the traffickers have enough money with which to corrupt L.E.A. personnel and government officials and enough ruthless people with weapons to intimidate/eliminate any troublesome people attempting to hamper their trade.
    2. Because drug use, apart from the endorphin factor, also has a glamor factor:
    “Oh, yeah, I’m bad, look at me, people, I’m cool and BAD!” Thus, an enormous
    demand. Don’t quite see it? Well, for example, per-capita alcohol consumption in the U.S. was much higher during Prohibition than it was before or after. Patronizing speakeasies and carrying hip flasks was the ultimate 1920’s chic. Legalization removes the chic.
    Legalization and sale at the very low prices possible when drugs are produced legally will drive the cartels out of business. Who’s going to risk smuggling a load of cocaine into the U.S. when it’s possible to go to the drug outlet and get it dirt-cheap? The glamor will fade away – what’s bad about snorting snow if it’s legal? Death knell for the drug lords – when their money goes, their power goes.
    For those unfortunates who get hooked on the bad stuff, rehab centers can be funded with drug sale money, as can educational and informational material for the young. Also, the (hopeful) disbanding of the D.E.A. will save a few billion tax dollars to be put to better use.
    Now, having said all that, let me add this: we won’t win. The D.E.A. along with any government officials who are on the cartels’ payrolls won’t allow legalization. They’ll play the usual game of lobbying and using the media to sway public opinion against such a move. “Oh, your children will become drug addicts! People will die by the thousands in highway accidents, killed by high drivers!” I can see it all now.
    Oh, well – c’est la vie.