"If you don't want a SWAT Team at your door, don't drink tea."
"Why did a SWAT team raid Bob and
Addie Harte's house in Leawood, Kansas, two years ago, then force
the couple and their two children to sit on a couch for two hours
while officers rifled their belongings, searching for "narcotics"
that were not there? KSHB, the NBC station in Kansas City,
reports that the Hartes made two mistakes: Bob went to a
hydroponics store in Kansas City, Missouri, with his son to buy
supplies for a school science project, and Addie drank tea. It cost
them $25,000 to discover that these innocent actions earned them an
early-morning visit by screaming, rifle-waving men with a battering
How did that happpen?
"The Hartes, who tried to reassure their neighbors by showing
them the search report indicating that nothing was taken from their
home, were naturally curious what they had done to attract police
"But the Johnson County Sheriff's Office would not say,
so the Hartes hired a lawyer to help them obtain the relevant
records, which according to KSHB is not easy in Kansas because
state law favors darkness over sunshine. Eventually the Hartes
learned that a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper saw Bob at the
hydroponics store on August 9, 2011. Seven months later, state
police passed on this hot tip to the sheriff's office, which sprang
into action (after a few weeks), rummaging through the Hartes'
garbage three times in April 2012. On all three occasions, they
found "wet plant material" that a field test supposedly identified