The first thing I noticed was the headline: State Police snatch Islander’s medical marijuana plants
Good stuff, right? I’m completely ready to get into a good five minutes’ hate. Then I read the second paragraph:
Massachusetts National Guard personnel, operating under a grant from the DEA, and in conjunction with mainland State Police, confiscated 392 plants that were sighted from above. Four of those plants belonged to Edgartown resident Paul Jackson, an 81-year-old former cancer patient who grows the plant for medicinal tea.
And… well… that headline is a little bit misleading. The cops grabbed 392 plants. 4 of which belonged to this guy. And the headline is all about the plants stolen from this guy. One might be curious about the other 388 plants… but, nope. It’s all about the guy who was responsible for 1.02% of the plants.
I feel the steam leaving my five minutes’ hate already.
But then I continue to read the article and find that the interesting part isn’t the “human interest” part that talks about the poor guy’s 1% of the plants. It was about who, in fact, was responsible for going in and ripping them out of the ground in the first place. Check out these paragraphs (emphasis added):
State Police Sergeant Joe Pimentel, commander of the Island’s State Police barracks, told The Times it was a DEA grant-funded operation, similar to searches that took place several years ago before funding expired. Sergeant Pimentel said each day of the operation one of his officers was assigned to the aerial team’s ground crew to provide local knowledge but was not involved in the actual operation.
Although Colonel Sahady did not identify who gave the order for the mission, he said it would have come from State Police.“We would never give out the initial order. We always work in a defense support to civil authorities,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time.”
DEA spokesman Tim Desmond wrote in an email on Tuesday, “I have received confirmation from two group supervisors and the assistant special agent in charge whose area of responsibility is that region for DEA. I can only speak on behalf of DEA that we were not involved in any kind of marijuana eradication operation.”
On Tuesday, two Massachusetts State Police spokesmen checked into the matter and said there was no evidence of State Police involvement. “It was not us,” Officer Tom Ryan told The Times.
It wasn’t until *THURSDAY* that they finally figured it out:
In a follow up email received on Thursday, State Police spokesman David Procopio said the operation was initiated by the State Police.
So, as it turns out, the interdiction *DID* have a father.
I’m just interested in how, instead of bragging about what they were able to accomplish… everybody spent days and days denying it.