Drug enforcement agents have found a new demon crop to eradicate in their drug war—hopefully by frying it and smothering it in ranch.
Retired Georgia resident Dwayne Perry received a startling visit last week when police officers “strapped to the gills” raided his home and proceeded to confiscate his thriving okra garden. Apparently officers mistook the popular southern side dish for marijuana while conducting aerial surveillance, and decided their shoddy camera work and less-than-discerning powers of observation warranted breaking into an unarmed, upstanding citizen’s home and holding him at gunpoint as his okra garden was uprooted and brought back to the precinct “for testing.”
“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,” Police Caption Kermit Stokes told local news.
Like what, being a plant? This is another unsurprising instance of overzealous police making an obvious and embarrassing mistake and not being willing to own up to it. Though the ridiculousness of the situation is extremely entertaining, it also highlights how out of control this drug war has gotten when a man can have guns shoved in his face and his home violated for no reason at all, and never even receive an apology or admittance of wrongdoing.
“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… The more I thought about it, what could have happened? Anything could have happened.”
If a group of armed officers whose job it is to track and confiscate marijuana can’t tell the difference between weed and okra, can they be trusted to know when and whom to shoot?