Their only crime was growing a garden in their basement. Authorities raided the home of two former CIA employees in Leawood, Kansas, last year after discovering that the family had purchased hydroponic growing equipment. Officers reportedly suspected that the family was growing marijuana and committing other drug crimes in their home, based on hydroponic equipment purchases from hardware stores and other sources. Now, the couple is seeking legal relief by suing under the Kansas Open Records Act to determine exactly why they were unfairly targeted in this multistate drug bust.
Two residents of Pittsburg have been arrested on suspicion of committing several drug crimes in the presence of children. The suspects were taken into custody on July 10, and they remain in the Crawford County Jail, according to media sources. Reports about their bail amount have not yet surfaced.
A 56-year-old Kansas City man was arrested May 16, 2012, and charged with two counts of attempted forcible rape, a count of forcible sodomy and kidnapping. At his preliminary hearing on May 17, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge set the man's bond at $150,000.
A federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The judge ruled the man is not eligible for early parole.