School garden raided: Unmarked cops find tomatoes

FILED UNDER: Has more money than common sense.

By Tom Sharpe
Santa Fe New Mexican

Police last month raided an Española-area school looking for marijuana growing in a greenhouse, but all they found there were tomatoes.

Patricia Pantano, education director of the Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm in Cuarteles, between Española and Chimayó on N.M. 76, said the raid occurred Sept. 21 during the lunch hour.

“We were all as a group eating outside as we usually do, and this unmarked drab-green helicopter kept flying over and dropping lower,” she said. “Of course, the kids got all excited. They were telling me that they could see gun barrels outside the helicopter. I was telling them they were exaggerating.”

After 15 minutes, Pantano said, the helicopter left, then five minutes later a state police officer parked a van in the school’s driveway. Pantano said she asked the officer what was happening, but he only would say he was there as a law-enforcement representative.

Then other vehicles arrived and four men wearing bullet-proof vests, but without any visible insignias or uniforms, got out and said they wanted to inspect the school’s greenhouses. Pantano said she then turned the men over to the farm director, Greg Nussbaum.

“As we have nothing to hide, you know, they did the tour and they went in the greenhouses and they found it was tomato plants and so that was the story,” she said.

Read the full post at Santa Fe New Mexican

7 responses to “School garden raided: Unmarked cops find tomatoes

  1. How much would it have cost to send in one undercover agent to tour the garden?

    Guess New Mexico doesn’t worry about taxpayer funds.

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  4. charmaine calvert

    You can hardly believe what you are reading these days. It’s going from the rediculous to the even more rediculous. Thanks Rady.

  5. They could have waited until after school hours, so as to not disturb or concern the children- but then, how would the law enforcement personnel get to feel like “G-Men?” Frightening and intimidating innocent civilians, even children, seems to be what these “professionals” like to do most.

  6. Why would a school director say yes and open the door to the school to thugs who have no badge ?
    Is he really protecting the children ? Why didn’t he or she say NO.

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