Handcuffed and Humiliated as Police Confiscate Hibiscus Plants

A woman in Pennsylvania was forced to sit handcuffed in her underwear for four hours in the back of a police cruiser with her husband as police raided their home with a warrant to find their supposed illegal marijuana grow. An insurance agent had visited their home a couple of days earlier and took photos of their hibiscus plants thinking they were marijuana plants. He reported them to the police shortly afterwards.

Cold and afraid, the couple tried to understand what could have possibly caused the police to believe that they had marijuana on their premises when they realized the police were looking at their hibiscus plants. The police Sargent participating in the raid even stated that he did not believe the plants were marijuana, yet still confiscated the couples hibiscus plants.

The Cramers, in their lawsuit, reportedly said the issue began when their insurance agent visited their home Oct. 5 to assess a property damage claim. He took pictures of their hibiscus plants and sent them to police, believing the couple was working as part of a drug operation.

Two days later, officers came to their home with a search warrant and when Audrey opened the door, she said there were roughly a dozen cops “pointing assault-style rifles at her,” according to the Tribune-Review.

Police handcuffed the couple and held them in the back of a police vehicle for four hours as officers searched their house looking for marijuana. Audrey was allegedly only dressed in underwear during the incident.

“I was not treated as though I was a human being, I was just something they were going to push aside,” Audrey told WPXI. “I asked them again if I could put pants on and he told me no and I had to stand out on the porch.”

The Cramers also allege that during the ordeal, Sgt. Scott Hess said he didn’t believe the plants were marijuana but still confiscated them after labeling them “tall, green, leafy, suspected marijuana plants,” according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Considering the amount of tax dollars that go into raiding a home, not to mention the stress involved, the entire event is unbelievable on a number of levels. Even if marijuana had been found on the couple’s presence, does going to such extremes measures over some marijuana plants even make sense anymore?

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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  1. This an example of how excessive force gets used. Even if the plants were pot the treatment of the woman exceeds any rational reason. Law enforcement needs to wake up and let more reason be used rather than preset protocol in every case.

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