Plant Growers Served Search Warrant


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On a regular Saturday evening, three roommates stood around their apartment going about their normal routine when suddenly eight to 10 police officers, guns drawn, came into the apartment and served the unsuspecting men a search warrant.

Robert Barry, a senior civil engineering major, stood in shock as police searched his apartment for a suspected marijuana growth.

Just three hours earlier, two people, who Barry said were there on behalf of the landlord, were reviewing the apartment when they noticed a growth lamp in a hall closet.

Pullman Police met the two citizens when they went to the police station soon after leaving the apartment to report a suspected growth.

The two people also mentioned to the officer that the roommates appeared nervous while they were in the apartment, and said it smelled like burnt marijuana.

Roommate Jacin Davis, a senior business administration major, said he was sitting on the couch watching television and did not understand how he could have come across as nervous nor how they would have smelled marijuana.

After an interview with the two citizens, Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said the interviewing officer believed they had enough information to apply for a search warrant.

"They were interviewed in-depth to see if they had been in the residence legally and knew what a marijuana growth looked like," Tennant said.

Then a search warrant was issued and patrol officers from Pullman and WSU Police were dispatched to Barry's apartment on Oak Street.

The search warrant states that "a crime has been committed or reasonably appears about to be committed, to-wit: controlled narcotic substances, in particular growing marijuana and burnt marijuana," as well as paraphernalia. The apartment had drawings and pictures of marijuana leaves on the walls.

Much to their surprise, when the police came to the apartment with guns drawn, they found tomato plants growing in Barry's closet.

"They went straight to the closet and saw tomatoes," Barry said. "They regrouped for a second and then searched the rest of the apartment visually." Barry said the officers found nothing and even threatened to bring dogs back to search the apartment further.

"They must have felt stupid by then," he said.

Davis said he was speechless but not terribly surprised when police showed up at their apartment.

Barry had been growing the tomatoes since the beginning of the semester and they had joked that someday something like this would happen.

"I knew exactly what they were coming for," he said.

Newshawk: CoZmO -
Source: The Daily Evergreen (WA)
Author: Courtney Adams
Copyright: 1999-2007 WSU Student Publications Board
Website: The Daily Evergreen Online


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"Pullman Police met the two citizens when they went to the police station soon after leaving the apartment to report a suspected growth."

this is a good example of what we call "HATERS" :p
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