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Pennsylvania couple sues after police mistake hibiscus for marijuana

Pennsylvania couple sues after police mistake hibiscus for marijuana”

Edward Cramer, 69, and Audrey Cramer, 66, claim Buffalo Township police ransacked their home on October 7 looking for pot after a Nationwide Mutual agent reported he'd seen some while assessing storm damage to their home.

The lawsuit claims officers with assault rifles arrested the couple October 7 and held them for several hours inside a police cruiser, despite both of them telling the officers the plants were actually hibiscus.

Audrey and Edward Cramer are suing their town, three of its police officers and their insurance company after a marijuana bust went wrong at their house because there wasn't any marijuana to be found.

"I was not treated as though I was a human being", Audrey Cramer, 66, told WPXI.

Edward Cramer, 69, said he returned home a half-hour later to find his wife in the back of a police cruiser and officers pointing guns at him.

"They actually ignored me", he said. "They wouldn't even listen".

Edward allegedly asked to show police pictures of hibiscus on the internet repeatedly to prove their innocence. They were eventually released. Township police also declined comment.

The Cramers are seeking monetary and compensatory damages, as well as court costs, according to the Associated Press. Nationwide Insurance declined comment Friday, citing the litigation.



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