Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Odessa Police Expect X-Mas Bud; Get X-Mas Trees Instead

KopBusters, a group from Austin, Texas rented a house in Odessa Texas and, for the past six months, have been growing small Christmas trees under grow lights similar to those used for growing marijuana. Police claimed that they could "smell" marijuana and may have also used a confidential informant who claimed to witness the marijuana.

The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby. For more complete coverage see here and here.

The raw footage of the police bust...

1 comment:

Mango said...

Fantastic work! In the pre-Kyllo days I once speculated with an infrared expert about doing the same thing to expose dirty police work with IR, but since I was already a defendant in an indoor growing case it wasn't necessary or very politic. We ended up testing the grow building after the fact and demonstrated at a Franks hearing that the DEA's top IR man couldn't tell hot from cold even in a building he had inspected before his scan. I also presented convincing evidence of police lies regarding marijuana odors, (which has since been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal by one of the world's foremost authorities in the human sense of smell) but an equally dishonest federal judge let the police get away with that claim.