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Austin SWAT raid elderly couple’s home for marijuana, issue tickets

According to KVUE, Austin Police Department SWAT executed a search warrant on an elderly couple’s home which turned up an undisclosed amount of marijuana, for which they received a ticket.

An APD narcotics officers told the news outlet that a “concerned citizen” made a call to police about narcotics at a home at 2902 Willowbridge Circle near Scenic Drive.

Based on this information police were able to obtain a warrant. They raided the house just after 6 a.m. and found four people in the home.

Two of those people, a 70-year-old man and 60-year-old woman, were charged with marijuana possession and issued citations. It should be kept in mind here that receiving a ticket carries the same penalties as they would receive had they been arrested.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
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This incident has likely left many wondering why police would opt to raid an elderly couple’s home based on a tip for a non-toxic plant, which must have been so small in amount that they did not make an arrest for it.

With tax payer money and police resources already spread thin, was this a good use of resources? That aside, should we really be using urban warfare tactics for situations such as this?

Some police are of the mentality that our streets are a warzone and that everyone should be treated like an enemy combatant.

Is this the type of society we want to live in? How would you feel if the police raided your home based on a tip alone?

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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