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Mix-up: Brooklyn cops at first mistake tomato plants on roof for Marijuana

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Police were stunned to find plants you could eat rather than ones you can smoke. Photo by Todd Maisel.

Is this what they mean by reefer madness?

By Thomas Tracy And Joseph Stepansky
New York Daily News
May 8, 2013

Excerpt:

Cops responding to a report of a marijuana farm on the roof of a Brooklyn building didn’t find the wacky tobacky they were looking for — just tomato plants, police and witnesses said Wednesday.

Police sources confirmed a police lieutenant and two officers went to the Lefferts Ave. building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at 9:30 a.m. after the building superintendent found more than 15 Solo cups with leafy green saplings sprouting out of them.

The plants weren’t ganja, but a wholesome part of anyone’s diet.

Building superintendent Christian Delarosa, 34, said he discovered the potted plants when he went to check the roof for leaks after Wednesday’s rains.

“I don’t know much about plants. I’m not too good with that,” Delarosa said. “When I saw them, the first thing I thought was ‘Oh, my God.’ Right there I looked it up on my phone and they looked close to marijuana plants, but I thought I should call someone who knew about plants, so I called police.”

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