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Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:14 AM

No Weed, Just Weeds. A SWAT Raid in Texas.

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http://intothegardenofeden.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=140&Itemid=382

No Weed, Just Weeds

City of Arlington SWAT Raid on Peaceful Organic Farmers is a Big Budget Bust

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Arlington, TX August 5, 2013

At around seven thirty last Friday morning, inhabitants of The Garden of Eden, a small Intentional Community based on Sustainability, were awakened by a SWAT raid conducted by the City of Arlington for suspicion of being a full fledged marijuana growth and trafficking operation. Ultimately only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations, a handful of citations were given for city code violations, and zero drug related violations were found.


The entire operation lasted about 10 hours and involved many dozens of city officials, SWAT team, police officers and code compliance employees, and numerous official vehicles including dozens of police cars and several specialized vehicular equipment that was involved in the “abatement” operation. Witnesses say that there were helicopters and unmanned flying drones circling the property in the days prior to the raid that are presumed to have been a part of the intelligence gathering. The combined expenses for the raid itself and the collection of information leading up to the fruitless raid are estimated in the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.


All 8 adults present in the house were initially handcuffed at the gunpoint of heavily armed SWAT officers, including the mother of a 22 month old and a two week old baby who was separated from her children during the raid. The police enforced activity on the day of the raid included mowing the grass, the forcible destruction of both wild and cultivated plants like blackberries, lamb’s quarters and okra, and the removal of other varied materials from around the premises such as pallets, tires and cardboard that the Community members say they had collected for use in sustainability projects. No marijuana or other drugs were found on site and the inhabitants of the premises were all unarmed.


After several hours and many requests from the community members, the City Police Officers finally produced two warrants. The first was a Search Warrant for a suspected marijuana growth and distribution operation purportedly being concealed on the premises. There was also an Inspection & Abatement Warrant for code compliance violations such as tall grass and storage in the yard, an issue that the City of Arlington and The Garden of Eden have been disputing since February of this year. The marijuana warrant was issued based on an unsubstantiated claim by an Arlington City Police Officer of possession of marijuana by one of the community members for which there is no police record. Garden of Eden community members also say they have a series of documents showing that their dispute with the City of Arlington over the code compliance violations had already been addressed and settled.

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Reply No Weed, Just Weeds. A SWAT Raid in Texas. (Original post)
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2013 OP
silverweb Aug 2013 #1
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2013 #2
silverweb Aug 2013 #10
Heather MC Aug 2013 #16
silverweb Aug 2013 #25
Waiting For Everyman Aug 2013 #3
avaistheone1 Aug 2013 #6
tblue37 Aug 2013 #24
JDPriestly Aug 2013 #11
TexasTowelie Aug 2013 #4
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2013 #5
TexasTowelie Aug 2013 #7
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2013 #9
RandiFan1290 Aug 2013 #19
avaistheone1 Aug 2013 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #12
nilram Aug 2013 #13
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #14
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #15
B Calm Aug 2013 #17
Berlum Aug 2013 #18
Sivafae Aug 2013 #20
TransitJohn Aug 2013 #21
burnodo Aug 2013 #22
derby378 Aug 2013 #23
beevul Aug 2013 #26

Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:20 AM

1. Absolutely shameful.

"We have been targeted by the system because we are showing people how to live without it."

I hope they sue the city and get enough money to buy more land for their community... in a much friendlier place!

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Response to silverweb (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:30 AM

2. Arlington may need them, after reading this:

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:12 AM

10. Yes, I've bookmarked that one.

Arlington may need them, but will they need Arlington?

They might as well go someplace where they're given a little appreciation, and not persecuted until they're needed, you know what I mean?

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Response to silverweb (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:21 AM

16. Arlington VA would totally appreciate them

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:46 PM

25. As would plenty of other places.



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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:33 AM

3. Woops! The nasty guys really screwed it up that time!

Those people were way ahead of them. I hope they make lots of money off of the court case. They deserve to, and clearly it would be put to good use.

Thanks for sharing this.

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Response to Waiting For Everyman (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:54 AM

6. I certainly hope so too.

I am tired of peaceful people minding their own business being treated like hardened criminals by cops and SWAT teams. I am having a hard time realizing our country has come to this. It is pure abuse and harassment on the part of the police. It has to be costing the taxpayers a fortune for all this nonsense.

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Response to avaistheone1 (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:42 PM

24. This raid sure did:

"The combined expenses for the raid itself and the collection of information leading up to the fruitless raid are estimated in the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars <emphasis added>."

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Response to Waiting For Everyman (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:25 AM

11. My reaction too, Waiting for Everyman.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:42 AM

4. You were scooped on this story.



Here is another version of the story in the Texas Group.

Arlington SWAT Team Raids Commune Looking for Weed, Finds Only Hippies and Tall Grass
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107811161

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:50 AM

5. I thought it shoud be here, but the search I did said it wasn't.

Hope the Community at Garden of Eden is blessed with a little more help and less trouble.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:54 AM

7. Yes, I don't post many articles in GD,

but if you check out the Texas Group it's apparent that I'm a troll!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:00 AM

9. I thought the "Site Search" function was all of DU...

And I put in the link to the article, not the headline I posted or you posted. And you got a different link. I got the information in an email, not reading news links. Anyhow hope all works out well for the folks.
ADW

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:40 AM

19. Please don't worry about it

Thank you for posting it here. I wouldn't read the Texas group if you paid me by the letter.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:55 AM

8. These Garden of Eden folks are scary.

The Garden of Eden is a small intentional community in southwest Arlington dedicated to Freedom, Sustainability and Responsibility. Since 2009 they have been providing food, shelter and sustainability education classes and workshops to the public for free. Their 3.5 acre land contains chickens, bees, composting stations, a large vegetable garden and many wildcrafted trees and plants that are used for foods, medicines, and household and beauty products. Their vision is to be a fully self-sustaining center for education on sustainable living. To learn more about the Garden of Eden, or be in support, visit intothegardenfeden.com or contact them at gardenofedenvortex@gmail.com.


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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:34 AM

12. I wonder if they were having sex,....in TENTS....

You know how that scares the authorities.



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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 04:23 AM

13. Thanks. "Permaculture, intentional community, too radical for Arlington"

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 04:48 AM

14. Sustainability projects are fundamentally un-American.

Try to be a regular Merican while you're here.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 04:49 AM

15. Sounds like a bunch a goldurned hippies!

Sumbich!

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:32 AM

17. The tax payers should have something to say about this

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:39 AM

18. RepubliFacists (R) stomping on America & Americans

I'd bet a sack of doughnuts the fascist assclowns behind this "raid" are all RepuliWankers who think of themselves as 'christians.'

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 06:58 AM

20. They should have just said they were doing it for religious reasons and

put the women in funny clothes that are modest. Then they would totally be left alone.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 07:36 AM

21. The property owner sounds like a freemen whackjob

Attempts at Resolution:



Garden of Eden representative Shellie Smith has since sent more than 20 letters of correspondence in hopes of resolving the matter lawfully and peacefully. Lawful notifications on record have been sent certified mail to Curtis Jones, the code compliance officer who made the initial complaint, Code Compliance employees Mike Bass, Neal Lucas, Lisa Duncan, City Manager Trey Yelverton, Mayor Robert Cluck and Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. Not a single one of these individuals replied or responded to Smith with a phone call or written response of any kind.


In her lawful notification on record, Smith has requested to be shown what law grants the city government jurisdiction over her and her land, as jurisdiction must first be established. She very simply communicated in a lawful on reccord corrispondance "Show me the law and I will be happy to honor it" As a free woman inhabiting the land, she is entitled to inalienable rights, granted by her creator, as all men and women are. Unless she has made a contract by a signed written agreement with another party, be it a man, a company or a government agency, or unless she has caused damage to a person or their property, no one shall have power over her.

In her lawful notifications on record to the County Sheriff, Dee Anderson, Smith declared that her safety and property were being threatened unlawfully by the City and individuals in their official and individual capacity and that her family was in danger. She requested that the Sheriff intervene on her behalf to see that due process of law was followed. However the Sheriff did not respond nor did anyone from the Sheriff's office.


http://intothegardenofeden.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=381

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:20 PM

22. kick

 

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:37 PM

23. The real tragedy was that so many cops couldn't tell the difference between tomatoes and marijuana

This, my friends, is why we Texas DUers harp so loudly about our suck-ass educational system in the Lone Star State today.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:53 PM

26. WTF. N/T

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