A group of New Mexico state cops raided the greenhouse of a Montessori school in Santa Fe, convinced they would find cannabis growing. Instead, they found the school's tomato garden.
From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
Police last month raided an Espanola-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 Espanola and Chimayo 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, and 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.
The school, which has a dozen preteen and teen students, created a garden as a way to do real life instruction in math and science, according to the teachers.
"We're sitting here as a teaching staff, always short on money, and we're thinking, 'Gosh, all the money it takes to fly that helicopter and hire all those people, it would be great to have this for education.”
Thank goodness they weren't growing oregano, too, or who knows what could have gone down.
It's just a good thing that none of these cops were trigger happy loke some of the others we've recently witnessed.