Case of mistaken plant idenity

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by gmom, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. gmom

    gmom Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Cops Make Major Hibiscus Bust

    Tuesday, August 03, 2004

    Texas cops thought they'd made a major drug bust when they raided a home northwest of Houston last Tuesday. After all, it looked like there were huge marijuana plants growing in the front yard.

    "All of a sudden, they burst in with their guns loaded, pointing at me, screaming, 'Get on the floor! Get on the floor!'" northwest Harris County resident Blair Davis told KHOU-TV.

    It turns out the tall plants with the narrow leaves arranged in a fan pattern weren't pot plants at all, but specimens of Texas Star hibiscus (search), which Davis grows for his landscaping business.

    That didn't convince the 10 or so members of the Harris County Organized Crime Unit (search) who stormed around the house.

    "I just put my head down, shook it and said: 'Guys, you are making a terrible mistake. That is Texas Star hibiscus, not marijuana,'" Davis told the TV station. "They just told me to shut up."

    At one point, the officers discussed whether the bamboo in the window might be the demon weed as well, Davis told the Houston Chronicle. They also asked him what he planned to do with the watermelons and cantaloupes growing out back.

    "What would I do with them?" Davis said he responded.

    It turned out a concerned citizen had seen the native Texas plant, which has little white flowers and smooth green leaves — marijuana has rough leaves and dense flowering buds — in the yard and tipped off the authorities.

    "My guys went out there, and they looked at the plants and stuff, and they believed them to be marijuana," Lt. Dan Webb told KHOU-TV.

    After about an hour, the officers decided the search was over. They gave Davis a "citizen's information card" with the words "closed-report" written on it.

    "No apology, no nothing," Davis complained to the Chronicle. "I realize they have a job to do, but this seems a little bizarre."

    Lt. Webb defends his officers.

    "I'm sure it was traumatic," he told KHOU. "Any time there's a search warrant served at your house, there's gonna be some trauma involved."

    Davis thinks the narcotics officers might need a little more training.

    "If they don't know what a marijuana plant looks like, maybe they should bring a picture with them," he told the TV station, "before they invade a citizen's home."
  2. kitty32_z8

    kitty32_z8 Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    :haha: Now Pres. Bush has a new direction for election. Americas' War On......Hibiscus! :eek: :haha: :no: :eek: :haha: :yeeha:
    After all he's a Texan..... :haha:

  3. Bama-Mama

    Bama-Mama New Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Thank you for sharing, that made me laugh first thing in the morning...always know it's going to be a good day when it starts with laughter!

  4. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    The Quiet Corner of CT
    Hmmm I've heard of hibiscus tea....never heard anyone smoking it :haha: :haha: