A Georgia man is upset with police after investigators mistakenly thought his vegetable was a marijuana garden.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dwayne Perry of Cartersville, Georgia rows okra from his home. But on Sept. 1, Perry was awaken by the sound of a Bartow County Sheriff helicopter, and noticed that the helicopter was sitting really low over his house.
A few minutes later, deputies and a K-9 unit showed up on his doorstep. Perry told the Journal-Constitution:
“They were strapped to the gills.”
The helicopter and the deputies were part of the Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression, and were out hunting down cannabis plants in the county until they came across Perry’s plants. But once the deputies got inside and checked out Perry’s garden, they discovered that the plants the deputies thought was marijuana turned out to be okra plants, as in the vegetable.
This was not the first time cops have mistaken a vegetable garden for marijuana plants.
In May of last year, the New York Daily News reported that New York Police officers responded to a report of a marijuana farm on the roof of an apartment building in Brooklyn.
But instead of finding marijuana, the police found that the supposed marijuana plants were really tomato plants. The building superintendent, Christian Delarosa, called the police after he spotted the plants on the roof. Delarosa told the Daily News:
“I don’t know much about plants. I’m not too good with that. When I saw them, the first thing I thought was ‘oh, my God.’ Right there I looked it up on my phone and they looked close to marijuana plants, but I thought I should call someone who knew about the plants, so I called police.”
In the Georgia case, Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes said that the okra plants resemble a number of characteristics to that of a marijuana plant. Perry said that his okra plants had five leaves, not the seven leaves that are usually on a marijuana plant.
After finding out that that the cannabis plants were really okra plants, the cops apologized to Perry and left the scene.[Photo Credit: Photopin]