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Police mistake okra for marijuana, prompting a raid

Police said that okra plants looked similar to cannabis plants.
Police said that okra plants looked similar to cannabis plants.

Deputies in Georgia mistook okra plants and a shrub for marijuana, which prompted a heavily armed response during the night.

Dwayne Perry of Cartersville tells WSB-TV that he was awakened by a helicopter flying low over his house Wednesday and then some heavily-armed deputies and a K-9 unit showed up at his door. They were from the Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression and they were out looking for marijuana plants.

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Perry says that officers apologized to him, however his neighbors keep asking about the armed show of force at his home and he worries that it has damaged his reputation.

Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes says the plants did have characteristics similar to marijuana.

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old 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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