Penn. Couple Suing Police, Insurance Company After Hibiscus Mistaken for Pot

Cops Mistake Hibiscus Plant For Marijuana. Now They're Being Sued

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by 69-year-old Edward Cramer and his 66-year-old wife, Audrey, claims the agent came to their Buffalo Township home October 5 to investigate a fallen tree.

A Pennsylvania couple filed a lawsuit when they were was wrongly detained after their hibiscus plant was mistaken for marijuana, reports The Associated Press. Yeamans sent photos of the plants to the Buffalo Township, Pa., police, who obtained a search warrant. When the couple's insurance agent, Jonathan Yeamans, came to their home to assess the damage, he saw flowering hibiscus plants in their backyard and allegedly mistook them for marijuana.

Wife Audrey says she suffered emotional trauma as she was taken out of her home in just her underwear.

The complaint also states that Edward Cramer repeatedly tried showing the cops that the plant was indeed Hibiscus as it was in full bloom.

Describing being forced outside of her home in her underwear, she said: "And that's when I asked them again if I could put trousers on".

Audrey and Edward Cramer talked about that incident on Thursday as they announced the lawsuit. "And he told me "no", I had to stand out on the porch", she added.

"Sometimes I think they look for crime where it doesn't exist in order to justify their existence", Edward Cramrer, 69, told WPXI.

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. "They wouldn't even listen".

Three weeks after the police's daring anti-hibiscus raid, the Cramers received a letter from their insurance company claiming that marijuana had been found on their property.

The Cramers said that the police kept them handcuffed in the cruiser for more than four hours and damaged the house during the course of the search.

In the couple's civil lawsuit against the police department, it claims the police used excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy, the Tribune-Review reported.



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