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Article posted Aug 12 2013, 6:43 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

SWAT Team Raid Sustainable Organic Co-Op For Drugs, Find None, Force Them To Mow Their Lawn

Chris | InformationLiberation

According to a press release from a small sustainable organic co-op called 'The Garden of Eden' out of Arlington, Texas, they were surveilled by unmanned police drones and police helicopters in the days prior to being raided by a SWAT team for supposedly growing marijuana. A group of over a dozen police and a heavily armed SWAT team held those present on site at gunpoint and handcuffed them while they searched their property. No marijuana was found, but the cops forced them to bring their property "up to code," by among other things, forcing them to "mow their grass" and uproot their blackberries while they stood watch.
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.

Landowner Shellie Smith states that she has been requesting a peaceful and honorable resolution since the onset of the dispute in February, requesting the aid of the City Manager Trey Yelverton, Sheriff Dee Anderson and Mayor Robert Cluck, but has received no response in the matter. Ms. Smith says “the City codes are in violation of our natural and Constitutional rights to live freely while causing damage to no one, and since there is no damaged party, there has been no crime committed on our part. Rather, the City of Arlington has trespassed and committed robbery against us, amongst other crimes, and will be held accountable in a court of law in due time. We have been targeted by the system because we are showing people how to live without it. We are growing more than just tomatoes here, we are growing the consciousness that will allow people to live freely and sustainably, and the system doesn’t want that to be known.”

For updates on the unfolding of these matters click here


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 or contact them at

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Posted: Aug 12 2013, 6:13 PM

Govern=Regulate, Control, Rule
Ment= Mind


Sue them for everything they have, then use that money to teach all of Arlington how to do what you are doing.

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 8:11 PM

108202 I can't wait to hear of a swat team being gunned down as they leave another "wrong address" or bogass search benefiting the competition of those that are targeted.

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 9:07 PM

37228 Jesus. They are really trying to incite violence by their actions against people trying to simply live life. Shooting pets, sexually assaulting women at traffic stops, beating people almost to death, killing kids...they want to incite violence. It doesn't add up to anything else. Lawlessness by the law. Don't give in to it. Peace.

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 9:10 PM

24154 Gangsterism, plain and simple.

Uncle Sam is now Uncle Tony S. and these are his family.

The neo-foreign policy motto is BadaBing - BadaBang - BadaBOOM!

If not for the fact of 20-30-40 million vets, farmers, woods people, hill people, rural folks, etc., etc., etc. and that pesky 2nd amendment, the bureaucrats on bad steroids would have it made. But they don't, do they?

Not by a long shot..

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 9:43 PM

18443 last paragraph shows THE EXACT REASON THEY WERE ATTACKED.

the govt doesn't want news spreading that people can survive on their own.

"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. "

so do all you can to SPREAD THIS NEWS, let people know they can survive on their own - that's the very thing the govt is trying so hard to shut down; fight it by spreading this information.

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 10:52 PM

2484 How did they actually apply force to make them cut the grass and uproot berries and veggies? Why didn't they just say NO! Would the cops shoot them for not cutting the lawn? Not likely (even if they might want to). They could have told these bullies no way and if the force escalated beyond telling them what to do, they would have an even better court case against the cops.

Just because a cop has a gun does not always mean you have to do what he says. If it is reasonable, do it; if it is not reasonable (and refusing really is the right thing to do) then refuse!

Frank Costa

Posted: Aug 12 2013, 11:08 PM

70100 Now remember, many of these cops have seen our nation at war for the past dozen years, indiscriminate murder by drone, etc. in a dozen nation states has been a common occurrence since they were kids.

As Jim Marrs of Texas says: "Things happen out there because someone WANTS it to happen."

The police have been militarized for this purpose and something else. They want us to greet them with hot lead instead of cool minds. The illegal President has written executive orders that essentially say any outbreak anywhere in the US and he can bring the hammer of martial law down.

The obvious thing to do is support those who are trying to unseat the president and congress members who are traitors to our constitution.

Go with grace and honor friends and bring an end to the evil.

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 12:05 AM

220253 we need to start sending these pricks to properties that have IEDs in them. blow the lot up!!!

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 1:25 AM

1747 Arlington must be one disgusting hellhole! What kind of degenerate a""holes run their city council? Is there no oneinthetownwith enough intelligence and ethics to stand up and tell the ignorant officials that they made a huge mistake?

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 1:38 AM

10840 Texas is a fascist state. What a disgrace.

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 6:57 AM

91125 three and a half acres and not growing weed - whats up with you lot? I bet your stash is well hidden somewhere else lol If I was you I'd get cctv installed because we all know the fuckwits will return - they hate being shown up as the retarded facists that they clearly are - The only good police officer is a dead police officer - is that illegal to say now lol

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 8:42 AM

216255 It's only a matter of time before the "abused masses" begin to revolt against their oppressors and begin to fight back. Where are the local militias when you need them?

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 8:43 AM

5090 link incorrect. missing the o in of.

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 8:51 AM

38119 Its sounds like someone was looking for some money to steal - Texas SWAT are the real terrorists on american soil.

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 10:01 AM

7469 With helicopter AND drone surveillance they STILL couldn't tell that there was no weed growing there? How is a warrant even obtained under those circumstances?
Dr. Midas Riff

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 10:39 AM


Posted: Aug 13 2013, 11:32 AM

8245 These same police will have their own children and grandchildren under very strict control and suppressed, is this what they really want? America is sick, it needs healing and fast...

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 3:06 PM

69181 constitutional violations began with the drone spying ... continued with the terrorist actions of police arriving with guns drawn ...

hoping to see a lawsuit out of this

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 4:26 PM

7614 Hey Texas, You have to be intelligent to gain intelligence! Do you understand? Sorry for all the big words.

Posted: Aug 13 2013, 4:32 PM

74212 When a plant grows out of control, you don't get rid of it, you just prune it back. Why, in spite of so many Government abuses on all levels, does practically no one seriously talk about cutting the amount of funding? How about a 40% budget reduction for the NSA, a 20% reduction for the CIA, etc. I mean, someone should compute the cost of this raid to the Texas tax payers and publish the amount.
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