DAILY MAIL 
Friday, December 5, 2008
Bungling police raided the home of an elderly couple after they mistook the smell of a common garden plant for cannabis.
Ivor and Margaret Wiltshire bought ‘moss phlox’ four years ago for £2 and spread it through their front and back garden.
But the plant – which grows vivid pink flowers in the spring and looks nothing like cannabis – gives off a pungent aroma similar to the drug.
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The smell was so strong the couple’s next-door neighbours were even threatened by a local drug gang who broke into their home and demanded: ‘Give us the weed man’.
Weeks later Ivor, 77, and Margaret, 79, returned home to find the drugs squad had battered down their front door and searched their property.
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No drugs were found and a police woman later told them the moss phlox was responsible for the raid after a sample was taken for analysis.
The couple have since received an apology from Avon and Somerset police, but have lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).