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Article posted Apr 07 2014, 7:40 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Police State USA Print

Woman Experiences DEA Raid At 5:00AM After Shopping For Indoor Gardening Supplies

"They had a gun pointed at me when they said, 'Are there any illegal substances in your house?'"

SHOREWOOD, IL — A woman became the subject of an investigation when she was observed shopping for indoor gardening supplies at a hydroponics store.  Police and federal agents began staking out the woman’s home, sifting through her garbage, and monitoring her electricity usage.  The investigation prompted gun-wielding agents to show up in her bedroom in the middle of the night.

The subject of this investigation was Angela Kirking, a 46-year-old artist who does face-painting for children at local fairs.   She enjoys indoor gardening and grows a hibiscus plant for her consumption.   She shops for fertilizer and supplies at a local shop called Midwest Hydroganics.

It so happened that police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had been staking out Midwest Hydroganics to attempt to bust citizens who grow unauthorized plants without government permission.  Angela Kirking was witnessed exiting the store “carrying a green plastic bag containing unknown items” on September 17, 2013, the Shorewood Patch reported.  The bag contained organic fertilizer for her hibiscus flowers.

Based only on the woman’s shopping habits, an investigation was launched that lasted nearly a month.

Police began spying on Kirking’s utility bills.  They discovered that her electricity usage was “consistently higher” than her neighbors.  Officers were then sent to sneak around the outside of her property at 4:15 a.m. to dig through her trash.   According to The Shorewood Patch, the garbage-pickers reportedly found “multiple green plant stems” that smelled strongly of “green cannabis.”

This evidence was enough to make the police and prosecutors believe that her home may contain the forbidden cannabis plant.  A few days later, a paramilitary team of plant enforcers was assembled to arrest Mrs. Kirking.

Police tacticians decided that the most effective way to arrest the artist would be to wake her up at 5:00 a.m. with gun-toting strangers in her bedroom.  That’s what Mrs. Kirking awoke to on October 11th, 2013.

“They had a gun pointed at me when they said, ‘Are there any illegal substances in your house?’” Kirking recalled.

DEA agents and Shorewood police officers were standing over her bed.  Apparently they had waited for her husband to leave for work at 4:50 a.m. and then made him let them in the home.

The Shorewood Patch reported that the agents confiscated her computer, some books, and a few grams of a plant that they claimed was marijuana.  These crimes amounted to misdemeanor charges, and Mrs. Kirking was taken away in handcuffs.

Of course, the investigation was based on rubbish.  Kirking’s attorney, Jeff Tomczak, is trying to get the search warrant voided because of its shaky pretexts.

Indoor gardeners are frequently the targets of police raids.  John Kohler, an indoor gardening advocate who runs GrowingYourGreens.com, had his home invaded by police because he grew vegetables in his bathroom.  A Kansas family who grew a garden in their basement suffered a no-knock raid under nearly the same pretexts as Mrs. Kirkling.





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Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 11:01 AM

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75145 If a citizen grows something in their home, the police does not have crystal ball to figure out what that is. They did not break in just because it "might be" prohibited; they investigated for a month, found the evidence, and obtained the warrant. And in the end, as I understand, they did find what they were looking for. So while the wisdom of targeting citizens like Angela definitely can and should be questioned, it does not seem like the police did any abuse here. They did not even break the door but had the husband let them in.

If the cops are tasked by politicians, who represent the will of the dumb electorate, to wage war on drugs, it's not their call to ignore it.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 12:21 PM

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8448 That is not how police work is supposed to go. Starting from the end, no knock midnight raids are dangerous and ought to be judiciously used. Many people have died, being awakened by strangers in ether bedrooms pointing lights at them with guns, just reaching for their glasses. That in itself is idiotic and not how police in a free country should act.
For another, they are supposed to do real police work...that would not include seeing someone coming out of a store with "unknown items" and let that start the investigation. That they MAY (it isn't conclusive in the story) have an insignificant amount of marijuana does not justify either the cost (it was misdemeanor amount if it was in fact pot) of the "investigation" as expense to taxpayers, for another, if they are going to continue this idiotic "war" against a plant, they need to observe the DEALERS, sellers...that is the only legimate police work to do, following up on that. Sting buys, etc.

I can't even believe anyone would see this as anything less than a travesty and totally idiotic.
Golden Dawn

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 1:43 PM

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17444 This is total tyranny and abuse in a country that always went around claiming to be #1 and the light of the world which we know now was propaganda BS. These welfare queens I mean cops are pillaging the taxpayer and causing so much abuse over this nonsense. And what kind of husband would let his wife be terrorized by thugs not me. If you can't see this as abuse then you belong in the arc.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 2:47 PM

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75145 @8448

sure thing the whole thing is totally idiotic. But again, this is not cops' call. Legislatures are passing these laws, and then passing even more. These politicians are being actively lobbied by pressure groups, check out http://www.republicreport.org/2012/marijuana-lobby-illegal/ .

The fact that night raid can cause death - you are absolutely right. But in our country human life is never a priority when it's about the law. You won't find anywhere any discussion about even the consideration of the balance between life vs. the law. The law always has 100% weight. However trivial the offense is, there's no limit to what the police will do in order to enforce it, this is the mentality like it or not. You can be killed for jaywalking the street, and the possibility to let you go because it was trivial offense, won't even be considered. Accordingly we have all these "zero-tolerance" policies that mandate punishment and explicitly prohibit taking into account the circumstances - which is again totally incompatible with civilized society. Such as, police finds 150 year old bullet in man's collection, and man goes to prison for 10 years, and the judge says he understands it's bs, but can't do anything, the law does not give him any leeway.

Why they do it at night - because they have to secure the evidence. If they don't do it quickly, the drugs can be flushed down the toilet. Is that reasonable argument taking into account the risk? No. Is the risk taken into account? No. One percent of the possibility to enforce the law is worth 1,000 lives. That's how it is in this country, that's how law enforcement is indoctrinated, and that's how they act - take Waco as just one example.

> For another, they are supposed to do real police work...that would not include seeing someone coming out of a store with "unknown items" and let that start the investigation

They probably did see something unusual in this particular woman walking ot of the store, if of all people they started investigation on her rather than on 1,000 others who also walked out the same store. Remember, you heard only one side of the story, and, however we don't like the lying police, I don't think that the citizens and their attorneys who publicize the story, are much better. Starting investigation can be based on anything, it's what the investigations brings up is what becomes the probable cause. Whatever they collected during that month, apparently has convinced the judge to issue the warrant.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 4:32 PM

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4723 The police are just following order or doing their job is the same defense used by the Nazi's in Nuremburg.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 7:01 PM

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7521 What Nazis did was nothing unusual, if you strip away the fantasies about lampshades from human skin, 6 million gassed in 2 tiny chambers that in fact were erected after the war, and such. They were at war and they were fighting the enemy. The only reason they were presented as such awful monsters is because they lost, and the only reason they are being hunted till today is because the Jews were able to create such a brilliant scam out of it, and make the whole world pay them for their so called suffering. What Germans were in fact doing for those 10 years or so in Europe , is nothing compared to what the US have been doing for decades all over the world, including bombing of Dresden, including Falluja, including nuclear bomb on Japan, and 1,000 other things. The history is written by the victors.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2014, 11:14 PM

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11893 4723. The gov't uses 'Just following orders' is not an excuse for committing a crime when it suites their needs but when it's inconvenient, 'Just following orders' is perfectly o.k. My other favorite one is, 'Ignorance of the law is no excuse'. This story reminds me the girls that were car jacked by the ABC for buying bottled water.
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