Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tomato-growing operation 'busted' in Missouri marijuana roundup

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

click to enlarge Tomato growers be warned: Police are watching you.
  • Tomato growers be warned: Police are watching you.

On the right is a tomato. It will not get you high. Independence police know this, but they still knocked on a man's door on 4/20 looking for a marijuana-growing operation and found tomato plants, KMBC Channel 9 reported. Understandably, the tomato grower isn't happy and believes that he was profiled for buying hydroponic equipment.

"What I saw today was not protection," the unnamed man told KMBC. (He didn't want his name used because he's an emergency responder and doesn't want to lose his job.)

"That was harassment, all because of where I made a purchase."



The man continued: "The last time I checked, it wasn't illegal to grow a tomato plant, but

it makes you wonder. ... I understand that a lot of people use hydroponic equipment for illegal

ways, but that's just like saying everybody who buys a gun is going to

be a criminal and murder somebody."

This was all part of a crackdown on grow operations on 4/20 in which thousands of marijuana plants were seized and several grow operations were shut down. Someone's trying to send a message.

The Missouri Highway Patrol monitors stores that sell hydroponic

equipment, and authorities use those sales to bust marijuana-grow

operations. According to KMBC, Independence police said they used

the same tactic that led them to the tomato grower to bust a marijuana-grow operation earlier Wednesday. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol said 37 indoor grow operations were seized along with 1,500 marijuana plants and 20 pounds of processed marijuana as part of the 4/20 bust, which they called "Operation Constant Gardener."


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