A retired man in Cartersville, Georgia was unpleasantly surprised on Wednesday morning when a helicopter woke him and deputies showed up at his door with a drug-sniffing dog. Turns out the state task force dedicated to drug suppression mistook his garden full of okra for a garden full of marijuana.

Homeowner and okra-grower Dwayne Perry told WSB-TV,

“I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening…they were strapped to the gills.”

While some okra varieties do bear a passing resemblance to cannabis leaves, Perry’s okra plants have five lobes, while marijuana plants have seven. Here’s a picture of the okra plants growing in Perry’s garden.


The state task force might want to be a little more discerning when looking out for domestic cannabis plants. Perry tells the story of the raid,

“Here I am, at home and retired and, you know, I do the right thing…Then they come to my house strapped with weapons for no reason. It ain’t right.”

Not cool, Georgia. Not cool.

[via WSB-TV]