Posted by Brad @ 3:50 pm on December 10th 2008



KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana. When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house.

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.

The police took the attorney into custody.

In 60 days, the police have to release the affidavit saying how they gained probable cause to raid the house, which only KopBusters knew about, and in which nothing illegal was going on whatsoever. It seems pretty reasonable to assume that the police used thermal cameras (which the Supreme Court has ruled are unconstitutional), and then just flat-out lied to gain pc. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. With any justice (and some media rabble-rousing), the DA by all rights ought to be turning his focus thataway. Probably just as likely he’ll try to have KopBusters arrested. Either way, should make for some illustrative copy.

For more, check out Barry Cooper’s site, with video. I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Cooper at last year’s Liberty Forum, where he was something of a rock star. Like Balko, there’s no doubting that this guy has brass balls. Maybe with another dozen or so like him around the country, police will actually start having reason to be afraid of not following procedure?

1 Comment »

  1. I saw this on Reason the other day. It’s quite an interesting story.

    Comment by Cameron — 12/10/2008 @ 4:44 pm

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