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Drug police raid home of pensioner couple… after ‘mistaking their moss garden for a cannabis factory’

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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.


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).


This article was posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:10 am

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