A Kansas couple are suing the state to find out whether their purchase of hydroponic equipment to raise vegetables seedlings indoors led to a full-scale morning raid on their home.
On April 20, 2012, drug-enforcement deputies in bullet-proof vests and armed with assault rifles burst into their home, terrifying their children aged 13 and 6. The family had added a hydroponic system to their basement for raising vegetable seedlings. The deputies decided not to take their 6 plants – 3 tomatoes, one butternut squash and 2 melons – as evidence.
The couple have been trying for months to find out why they were targeted and why the state issued a search warrant without probable cause.
It’s easy to be amused by this story but at that same time it’s pretty scary. Rather like those movies about innocent and unsuspecting people swept up into a nightmare story when they have no idea why.
This family hadn’t been using the powerful grow-lights used by illegal hydroponic marijuana growers which often cause a noticeable spike in power use. Nor did they have any history of drug use or illegal activity of any kind, which isn’t surprising as they were both former CIA employees which has rigorous screening.
So beware! If you buy hydroponic gear to grow their your own vegetables indoors you could easily fall under suspicion of illegal activity.