SWAT team raids sustainable community


At around seven thirty last Friday morning, inhabitants of The Garden of Eden, a small Intentional Community based on Sustainability, were awakened by a SWAT raid conducted by the City of Arlington for suspicion of being a full fledged marijuana growth and trafficking operation.

Ultimately only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations, a handful of citations were given for city code violations, and zero drug related violations were found.

The entire operation lasted about 10 hours and involved many dozens of city officials, SWAT team, police officers, and code compliance employees, and numerous official vehicles including dozens of police cars and several specialized vehicles that were involved in the “abatement” operation.

Witnesses say that there were helicopters and unmanned flying drones circling the property in the days prior to the raid that are presumed to have been a part of the intelligence gathering. The combined expenses for the raid itself and the collection of information leading up to the fruitless raid are estimated in the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

SWAT team raid

All 8 adults present in the house were initially handcuffed at gunpoint by heavily armed SWAT officers, including the mother of a 22 month old and a two week old baby who was separated from her children during the raid. The majority of police activity on the day of the raid included mowing the grass, the forcible destruction of both wild and cultivated plants like blackberries, lamb’s quarters and okra, and the removal of other varied materials from around the premises such as pallets, tires and cardboard that the Community members say they had collected for use in sustainability projects. No marijuana or other drugs were found on site and the inhabitants of the premises were all unarmed.

Quinn Eaker of the Garden of Eden.

After several hours and many requests from the community members, the City Police Officers finally produced two warrants. The first was a Search Warrant for a suspected marijuana growth and distribution operation purportedly being concealed on the premises. There was also an Inspection & Abatement Warrant for code compliance violations such as tall grass and storage in the yard, an issue that the City of Arlington and The Garden of Eden have been disputing since February of this year.   The marijuana warrant was issued based on an unsubstantiated claim by an Arlington City Police Officer of possession of marijuana by one of the community members for which there is no police record. Garden of Eden community members also say they have a series of documents showing that their dispute with the City of Arlington over the code compliance violations had already been addressed and settled.

Quinn Eaker

Landowner Shellie Smith states that she has been requesting a peaceful and honorable resolution since the onset of the dispute in February, requesting the aid of the City Manager Trey Yelverton, Sheriff Dee Anderson and Mayor Robert Cluck, but has received no response in the matter. Ms. Smith says “the City codes are in violation of our natural and Constitutional rights to live freely while causing damage to no one, and since there is no damaged party, there has been no crime committed on our part. Rather, the City of Arlington has trespassed and committed robbery against us, amongst other crimes, and will be held accountable in a court of law in due time. We have been targeted by the system because we are showing people how to live without it. We are growing more than just tomatoes here, we are growing the consciousness that will allow people to live freely and sustainably, and the system doesn’t want that to be known.”

For updates on the unfolding of these matters click here 

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The Garden of Eden is a small intentional community in southwest Arlington dedicated to Freedom, Sustainability and Responsibility. Since 2009 they have been providing food, shelter and sustainability education classes and workshops to the public for free. Their 3.5 acre land contains chickens, bees, composting stations, a large vegetable garden and many wildcrafted trees and plants that are used for foods, medicines, and household and beauty products. Their vision is to be a fully self-sustaining center for education on sustainable living.

To learn more about the Garden of Eden, or be in support, visit intothegardenofeden.com, contact Quinn Eaker at [email protected] or phone on 817- 992-4615.

We Are Change interviews Quinn Eaker of Garden of Eden about the raid:

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Source: http://intothegardenofeden.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=140&Itemid=382

35 comments

  1. any doubt we are the fascist state of Orwellian prediction??? Corporate status must be outlawed. The Central banks must be outlawed. The Union must be retaken and reestablished with debt free currency. And I quote Thomas Edison, “…what makes the bond good makes the dollar good”
    The myth that a country needs to borrow money must end and the bankers rounded up, put on the Island where Napoleon ended his days and use all the modern tracking devices pointed at them with the US Navy guarding the Island for any escape attempts.
    This is where the bankers should end their lives, make them herd goats and grow their own food and not allow any modern technology and outside contact what-so-ever!

    • You have a clear overview of the Big Picture, and I completely agree with your prescription for sociopathy. I think a heavy dose of daily ‘sweat of thy brow’ unpaid labor (atonement) is also in order. Then for a little edutainment on ‘the seventh day’ they can watch videos and testimonials of the planetary havoc and human suffering caused by their relentless pursuit of ‘the bottom line’ and ‘total control’. Maybe, just maybe before they gasp their last breath, the will get a faint glimpse of the light….

      • @Ken & @Hawkeye……love your solutions, I to think about…..well not so much revenge/guillotine, but a just incarceration for the psychopathic perpetrators and you both hit the target!!

    • KUDOS! Don’t think it could be put any more to perfection than your words I have just read! Thank you!!! (^_^)

    • Absolutely. They perceived these people as a THREAT. Think on THAT for awhile!

  2. You know, even *IF* these people had 20′ tall dope plants, WHO CARES? That’s no reason to use a “SWAT” team to attack them. There was zero threat of violence, but here come the chubby, ugly bulletheads, the high school rejects who invariably populate “SWAT” teams. Porky little ‘operators’.
    The previous comment about outlawing bankers has real resonance. The thick vein of insanity in our society has everything to do with the evils bankers perpetuate. Life is worth much more than gold.
    A “SWAT” team raids an organic farm. This is disturbing news. This is a police state.

    • Absolutely correct. With all that’s wrong in the world, why is our time and focus on such idiotic matters? If there were any justice in the justice system, the jails would be full of politicians and bankers, not people who’s only crime was growing or smoking a plant less dangerous than both alcohol and tobacco. Idiocy and greed of the highest nature.

  3. This is not the land of the free. Most other nations are less of a Police State than America. The US is only number 1 in two categories…..incarcerating its civilians and money spent of war. This is the mark of a Police State.

  4. Please print there names and addresses
    and let the people deal with these animals.

  5. The Keystone Cops in action.
    Why don’t they do some real police work and go after some gang members/drug dealers!

  6. curiously the crime of murder doesn’t have a statute of limitations

    imagine the peace and dignity of the soil permanently defiled by

    worshippers of the Econemic Terrorists…. “STATE”.

    define : Authority.

  7. What judge signed the search warrant? The Citizens need to know the names of the officials involved.

    • This is what we need to find out! Next year is an election year, and everyone needs to do some homework when it comes to what their elected officials are doing. WE are the ones in control of who is in office…..

  8. Good job the choppers and ‘drones’ came over before the raid. Plenty of time to hide the stash.

  9. Whatever happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness??

  10. “The strife of our judicial system knows NO bounds!”
    -Todd Kovach -

  11. If you’re ever faced with the proposition of entering into the position of authority that is sworn to “protect the freedoms” and “preserve the rights” and any other cliche’ pretense that serves in the name of “protecting the people”… Be SURE to know about who is the slime that is behind operation Otherwise it is YOU who are held personally responsible for their degrading indiscretions. Don’t be deceived by the nonsense doing the deeds the evil creatures that inhabit our planet!

  12. Thanks man, sorry that bad stuff happened to you. It’s a good way for people to find out what you are all about though. I heard about you and I’m in Afghanistan right now. Can’t wait to get back and start growing my own things. Thanks for showing the beauty of what you guys are doing. All this technology in the world is supposed to help us have better lives and have more time for being spiritual and creative and happy, but it is the opposite. Technology has entrapped the 1st world in a wave of media and electronic stimulation. Just like you guys we need to go back to our roots and find the power that exists within us all. Peace to everyone of you and and blessings for following your hearts and what you know is right. You guys are awesome!

  13. One thing that jumps right out of me is…………I spend alot of time on the internet(too much)….and i have read stories and read the comment that followed, and in all i have read this is the FIRST story that i have found that all the comments were in support of the positive of the story….spending thousand of dollars just because some people choose to live off the “grid” and exist totally within nature and its laws.What did they find…a couple of cars that were parked on dirt…long grass….a few plants they seem dangerious..(blackberry plant etc.)….the only violation was an unpaid parking ticket…….wow what a crime….this is just big brother showing his teeth because of something he does not understand or hates…….what a sham…………

    • I am sure I will be put on a “list” just by supporting people such mention in this article…and i am sure I am on a “list” just because I do not support our government,Bankers..and most of all the Police,sheriff,DEA..who seem that its there way or the highway,or its us or them mentality ……its close for a time of revolution………oops..that will be noted too.

    • If there is an unpaid parking ticket, at the most they should send out a deputy. And he tells whoever is the “criminal” that he needs to pay this within 30 days, or harsher treatment will ensue. THEN LEAVE. POLITELY.

  14. They are trying to stay relevant now that marijuana is increasingly legal

  15. I agree with everything he’s saying… but…… he’s smoking a cigarette?!?! Now I can’t take him seriously.

  16. waist taxpayers money

    Hey guys waste some more money on a drug that has never killed anybody ever……

  17. waist taxpayers money

    Go raid some pill mills and licensed drug dealers (doctors)

  18. THIS will be shared NOW on my twitter, I agree with hanging bankers taking every right of our freedom away to sustain ourselves and waste citizens money on SWAT team for nothing! Rebell!

  19. Repression simply put. Our government no longer serves the Constitution of our Rights.
    Trey Yelverton, Dee Anderson and Mayor Robert Cluck should be removed from office and prosecuted by a jury of “The People”.

  20. “We, the people” lost the battle at the inception of the USA. Both the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution were crafted by lawmakers representing the economic elite for the benefit of the economic elite. Some argue that the original version of the Declaration of Independence should be interpreted to mean, and may have originally included, that property was one of the “inalienable rights”, not simply “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness ) For obvious reasons, the economic elite, those who were able to be at or to be represented at the Continental Congress, could not allow property to be one of those “inalienable rights,” particularly when they needed that right to, for example, usurp the rights of the so-called “savages” whom Columbus, the fool, so aptly named “Indians” because he thought, mistakenly, that he had reached India. We would call them “Native Americans” today, but even that is an improper name if archeological and sociological studies are correct. (See, for example, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26819601/ns/technology_and_science-science/ )

    Although we don’t like to think of our American selves in such terms, we have also, at times, placed various groups of people in concentration camp-like situations, most notably many Japanese citizens of the USA ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment ), and American citizens have long fought losing battles against a government more aligned with corporate interests than with that of the people. (An early example is described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair . A book which describes the labor movement and spends some time describing this particular incident in detail can be found here: http://www.ranknfile-ue.org/untold.html )

    In summary, sadly, stories like this article and those I have cited are not knew. (There are many more I have not cited.) We would do well to learn from history lest we should forget.

  21. Why don’t they raid the drug dealers that are reporting Zero income & robbing us ALL of our tax dollars for free healthcare, Snap Benefits, ETC…. This system is bullocks, I was brutally beaten at 2am by two African american Sherriffs without a single word exchange & charged with disorderly conduct & resisting arrest without violence. When this happens there is NOTHING you can do about it.

  22. I agree with what you’re doing and agree that the government has been overstepping their bounds for quite a while and it is getting worse. You are absolutely correct when you stated that we are in charge/control. The problem is that too many people want what they want but they want it handed to them. They refuse to earn it, to work for it and to TRY.

    I just have one question. You grow your own food, and as you stated it’s organic without poisons. It’s the best food you can get, it’s healthy and good for you. Why are you smoking cigarettes?

    Wish I could attend some of your classes. Maybe one day I will. Keep showing others how to do what you do.

  23. Someone was looking to score points to further their political careers no doubt, and now will be trying to spin it as a compromised operation for sure. Sad part is this single raid cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars in planning and execution to collect on a traffic ticket and a few by-law infractions.

    If I was there I’d have already been to my lawyer to file a multimillion dollar law suit, so would not blame these folks for doing the same. Of course that is another bill the tax payers will have to cover.

  24. #1 “A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

    #2 “A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington

    #3 “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” – James Madison, Essay on Property, 1792

    #4 ”Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.” – John Adams

    #5 “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

    #6 ”The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

    #7 ”I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.” – Thomas Jefferson

    #8 “Beware the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.” – Thomas Paine

    #9 ”If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802

    #10 “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” – John Adams, at the Constitutional Convention (1787)

    #11 “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson

    #12 “Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams, 1765

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