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article imageCops mistake okra for marijuana, raid retiree's garden

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Oct 7, 2014 in Odd News
Authorities in Cartersville, Georgia, raided the home of a retiree for growing marijuana in his garden — but the green plants they suspected actually turned out to be okra.
Dwayne Perry was reportedly woken up by the sound of a low flying police helicopter above his home last week. It was soon followed by heavily armed Broward County deputies and a K-9 unit waiting at his door looking for cannabis. Apparently, the cops from Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression had grown suspicious when they spotted okra plants growing in his garden from the air.
The officers after visiting his garden apologized and left, but they took some of the suspicious okra leaves with them for analysis. Capt. Kermit Stokes of the Georgia State Patrol said:
If we disturbed them in any manner, that's not our intent. Our intent is to go out and do our job and do it to the best of our ability. We’ve not been able to identify it as of yet. But it did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant.
However, Perry says his reputation has been damaged and feared for his life when heavily armed cops arrived at his house.
Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing,” Perry said. “Then they come to my house strapped with weapons for no reason. It ain't right.
There were similar mistakes in the past as well. Cops had seized tomato plants suspecting it for cannabis in New York, Kansas and Texas this year.
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