Georgia Police Send SWAT Team to Raid Retiree's Okra Garden
Georgia police mistook okra plants growing in an Atlanta retiree's garden for cannabis last week, so they did what any reasonable police force would do. They immediately sent a heavily armed K-9 unit to the man's property.
It was a natural mistake. Both okra and marijuana are plants after all. Both have leaves and stems and are green. Plus the police were looking from pretty far up in the air. They were surveying the area from a helicopter as part of the Governor's Task Force for Drug Suppression when they spotted the suspicious-looking vegetable.
The homeowner, Dwayne Perry, was awakened by the roar of a low-flying helicopter quickly followed by pounding on the door. "They were strapped to the gills,” a shaken Perry told WSB-TV2 in Atlanta. "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."
He also pointed out to would-be police/botanists that the okra plant has five leaves compared to the eight on a cannabis plant.
Once the K9 unit arrived, they realized their mistake and apologized. No flash grenades thrown or shots fired in this case. But just to be really really sure, and probably to save fairly red faces, they seized a few okra leaves to send to the lab for analysis. Cause you never know, people could be getting high off okra.