Some people, maybe just a few, maybe a lot, when they wake up in the morning they think of how they can rid the world of marijuana. They must, right? Otherwise how do you explain the enthusiastic operations behind that multi-agency sweep of Indiana cannabis that occurred this summer? Or the illegal and less than intelligent SWAT team raid of a commune near Arlington, Texas that resulted in the seizure of nothing more than tomatillos, hackberry and sweet potatoes?
The Arlington Police responsible for the raid were so overeager to find these hippies’ weed that they gathered virtually no evidence against the commune before obtaining a legally questionable warrant, breaking into the premises, handcuffing and terrorizing farmers and their families, actually seizing their crops and destroying their irrigation lines, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The silver lining edging the whole dark crooked cop weed-hating cloud is that the police responsible for the bogus raid are now being sued by the members of the Garden of Eden commune for violating their fourth amendment rights as well as inducing mental anguish and physical pain during the ordeal.
“This is a case about whether there was probable cause to issue the warrant,” attorney Wes Dauphinot, who’s representing the Garden of Eden, told the Chronicle. “That’s what triggers the Fourth Amendment.”
The City of Arlington, of course, refutes the claims that its warrant was not valid or based on probable cause. Among the evidence cited in the affidavit signed by Detective Magdalena Perez (who is specifically targeted in the lawsuit) are phrases on the Garden of Eden, which describes its food as the “”uber dank high vibe cuisine.”
The affidavit reads: “[Detective Perez] knows through her training and experience that ‘Uber Dank’ is also slang for high quality marijuana. [Perez] also knows that individuals who consume marijuana often refer to the sensation felt after consumption as a ‘high.’” Because of Perez’s cultivated street smarts, aerial photographs which showed plants that were called inconsistent “with marijuana plants” by the pilot who took the picture, and an anonymous source.
The lawsuit filed by the Garden of Eden also insists that “City of Arlington narcotics officers should be trained on … how to identify a marijuana plant;” “how to interview informants;” “how to take the proper time to develop a narcotics case;” “to tell the truth in an affidavit;” and “to properly corroborate anonymous tips.”