The American government might have allowed some of its citizens to smoke weed, but it hasn’t allowed them to grow it freely. Government authorities have been known to bust many homeowners who have attempted to grow cannabis in their backyard or garage. However, when a fully armed team of deputies, with a helicopter to boot, descended upon a man’s house to bust him for growing the crop, they were left with a red face when the pot turned out to be nothing but Okra plants.
A Cartersville man was left quite distraught after he said investigators mistook a garden full of okra for marijuana plants. The man, growing the popular Southern food, said a helicopter woke him up Wednesday, and then, he had deputies show up at his door.
Narrating the scary incident, homeowner Dwayne Perry said,
“I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening. They were strapped to the gills,”
Dwayne first noticed a helicopter hovering unusually low over his house. Within minutes, Bartow County deputies and a K-9 unit appeared at his doorstep, reported WCVB.
The helicopter was from the Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression, and they were out looking for domestic cannabis plants and spotted the tree and plants. However, upon swooping down on Dwayne’s house, all they managed to lay their hands was a garden full of Okra plants.
Upon being requested for an explanation, the Georgia State Patrol, who operates the task force, was kind enough to send back an evidence photo, reported KHOU.
Speaking about the incident, Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes said,
“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.”
The Okra plant does slightly resemble the cannabis; however, there are a few quite glaring dissimilarities, said Dwayne,
“My plants had five leaves, not seven like on the cannabis plant. A mistake like this shouldn’t happen. Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing. Then they come to my house strapped with weapons for no reason. It ain’t right.”
After the authorities apparently apologized to Dwayne, Stokes further clarified.
“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.”
Marijuana plants may not exactly look like Okra. However, have the illegal pot growers stumbled upon any interesting camouflage for their marijuana?
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