A couple who lives in Pennsylvania is beyond mad after being accused of having marijuana plants, when they were actually hibiscus plants. They are now going to sue their local authorities, as well as their insurance agency!
Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey, 66, weren’t charged with a crime, but feel they were treated like criminals when police mistook their backyard plants for marijuana.
It all started when an insurance agency came to their home to assess some property damage that they had incurred. The agent took pictures of the plants and sent them to the local police department, because he believed the couple was working as part of a drug operation.
Wow, talk about jumping the gun!
Two days later, the cops showed up to their house with a search warrant. When Audrey answered the door, she was welcomed by about a dozen cops “pointing assault-style rifles at her,” she was clearly shaken!
Police even went so far as to handcuff the couple and hold them in the back of cop cars for four hours while the cops searched their property for more marijuana. Poor Audrey was still in her underwear and pajamas!
Edward, according to the lawsuit they are filing, repeatedly told the police that the plants were hibiscus and also tried to point out the blooming flowers on them. But the police weren’t hearing any of it.
The Cramers also said that one of the police officers even said he didn’t think that the plants were marijuana, but still took them and labeled them as “tall, green, leafy, suspected marijuana plants.”
The couple is in the process of suiting Nationwide Insurance for causing the whole fiasco, and they are alleging excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy in their lawsuit against the police department.
We’ll be interested to see how this plays out!
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