SWAT Raids Home Over Hydroponic Equipment Purchase, Finds Tomatoes and Squash

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Did you know that buying hydroponic growing equipment is now being used as probable cause for the government to raid your house?

Neither did Bob and Addie Harte, a Kansas couple who were raided by SWAT without a warrant last April because the authorities took notice of their purchase of indoor gardening items.

The illegal raid turned up “just six plants — three tomato plants, one melon plant and two butternut squash plants — growing in the basement”, and now the couple is suing the sheriff’s department.

The Associated Press reports:

Two former CIA employees whose Kansashome was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.

Adlynn and Robert Harte sued this week to get more information about why sheriff’s deputies searched their home in the upscale Kansas City suburb of Leawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener.

It seem peculiar that the couple are former CIA agents.  Perhaps government watches their former employees’ purchases more closely?

“With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors,” the lawsuit says.

“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 told the Associated Press.

The lawsuit says the Harte children (7 and 13) were traumatized when deputies wearing bullet-proof vests armed with assault rifles pounded on their door.

“It was just like on the cops TV shows,” Robert Harte told The Associated Press. “It was like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ready to storm the compound.”

“You can’t go into people’s homes and conduct searches without probable cause,” said Harte’s attorney Cheryl Pilate.

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  • RickE.

    This is as sickening as it is scary. The government just does what it wants now, no probable cause needed!!

    Someday these abusive actions and policies will reap what they sow!

  • Stealth Spaniel

    Between this kind of behavior, the banking/Cyprus/steal your money type of behavior, and the implicit distrust that this occupying force is welding together-it’s a wonder any sovereign citizen has guts to leave the compound. WHAT agency is monitoring gardening purchases?? Drop the Miracle Gro or I’ll shoot?? Just what the hell is going on in this country??
    I am ashamed that so many with salaries paid by the lowly citizen, now feel it is “Constitutional” to instill fear, terror, or physical harm. The crazy train for thinking that WW3 is coming is in reality coming to pass!!

    • Cnsay

      Go in Lowe’s and purchase something. When you check out, the cashier will ask you if you have a “My Lowe’s Card”. Then they go into a spiel of “how it tracks your every purchase in case you buy paint and need the same color again six years down the road. Don’t think for one moment that what buy and what you view even on here an’t being tracked and stored.

  • 2heavyb

    Unfortunately, I really doubt this story gets wide coverage by the MSM. that way a minimum number of Low info voters and sheep will even have a chance to know how far this crap has gone.

  • Patriot

    Guilty until proven innocent in the POLICE STATE. IF you are not killed in the RAID.

  • About a year ago, the FBI arrested a couple of kids, charged them with “terrorism” and impounded their beer-making equipment as evidence of their conspiracy to commit a “terrorist” crime. Y’all have to give credit to our selected/purchased officials for knowing what they’re doing. Growing tomatoes and squash is robbing Monsanto of profits. A higher crime cannot be committed not even beer-making.

  • bowlan

    ya they came to my house in n.h.last fall after i bought 3 quarts rubbing alcohol.they left disapointed.

    • Row Weil

      Didja sue? You should have 🙂

  • “If the zeal to eliminate drugs leads this state and nation to forsake its ancient heritage of constitutional liberty, then we will have suffered a far graver injury than drugs can ever inflict upon us. Drugs injure some of us. The loss of liberty injures all. And when liberty finally has fallen, there will be nothing to protect us from a threat of a different kind — people who,as history teaches, sometimes abuse positions of authority in government and its agencies.”

    Hon. Gerald Kogan (dissenting)
    Supreme Court of Florida
    CRESSWELL vs. STATE – No. 72494

  • But, sadly, I concede that evil minds are, at this very moment, plotting to find new, creative ways to SUBVERT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND RULE OF LAW and will ignore it — hoping defendants’ lawyers missed FL vs. Jardines. These people, who officially pose in front of the US flag as if they were somebody who actually believes in “liberty and justice for all” as stated in the Pledge of Allegiance to it. These people, who are supposed to be our SERVANTS and protect us against bad people who want to hurt us and take what’s not theirs. These people are DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!


    In Mayberry, Andy would have stopped by and said “hear y’all growing some nice tomatoes in the basement….mind if I take a look around?”

  • Anonymous

    We’ll see how LEOs like their actions recipocated in kind. They’re such faggots. (and I dont mean that derogatory to gays)

  • SKIP

    ““You can’t go into people’s homes and conduct searches without probable cause,”

    YES “they” can and WILL for some time to come until some of them stop coming home in the evenings.

    • Cnsay

      And THAT Skip is what its going to take.

      • SKIP

        When the ball starts rolling I believe it will result in chaos for the PTB and lots of light poles and trees with dangling political traitors.

        • Jean

          Actually heard decently that DAs and ADAs are being targeted.
          Not sure how to take that. Necessary evil, or is it going to be self-defeating?

          Hoping it’s only a necessary evil…

  • tward3

    These two X-CIA AGENTS are now experiencing the police state intrusion that they helped create. All government people should realize that the loss of liberty applies to them and their loved ones. Screw them.

  • A good way to make this go bye, bye, would be to sue the corporation that manufactors the equipment.
    If it is a big corporation, government will not like this as that is how their lobby money is made.

  • Deserttrek

    all cops who want to be in the military need to join. otherwise no helmets, select fire weapons, masks, shields or other galdiator type gear. these are terrorists pretending to be cops.

  • My brother is trying to setup a tomatoe Hydroponics farming set up I told him you may be on a watch list as the stores you use to get your info and supplies may be under watch.This article proves my point.How much more of this paranoia do we have to take .In Europe this is massive business.Good old homeland security giving the local idiots with badges making them the overseers of the populace and isn’t this what the original people who sighned the Documents of freedom fought against.We are regressing and people are leaving the country in droves as soon as they retire.