I thought since this has to do with hydroponic gardening it would be of interest to those of you thinking of doing so...
You May Get PROFILED by the Police...
Link with video:
Tomato Grower Wrongly Caught Up In Marijuana Roundup
'The Last Time I Checked, It Wasn't Illegal To Grow A Tomato Plant' Man Says
UPDATED: 8:11 am CDT April 21, 2011
Independence police found a growing operation Wednesday afternoon: a tomato growing operation.
"What I saw today was not protection," the man told KMBC's Cliff Judy. "That was harassment, all because of where I made a purchase."
Independence police said the Missouri Highway Patrol monitors stores that sell hydroponic growing equipment, and they use those sales to track down illegal marijuana growing operations. That information is what led them to the man's door.
"The last time I checked, it wasn't illegal to grow a tomato plant, but it makes you wonder," the man said.
Photos: Tomato Growing Operation
The man asked KMBC News not to identify him because he is an emergency responder and his job would be put at risk for speaking out.
"What is anybody going to think now?" the man asked. "I'm probably going to be pegged now as a person who was growing something, but they couldn't figure it out."
The man told Judy that he supports fighting drugs and has no problem with the officers who came to his home. But he also said he thinks labeling him as a possible drug dealer because of buying hydroponic equipment is profiling.
"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," the man said.
Independence police said the same tactic that took them to the man's home led them to a different part of Independence Wednesday morning where they busted an active marijuana growing operation.
Police said in addition to the Independence bust, hundreds of marijuana plants were seized throughout the Kansas City metro on Wednesday.
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