Arlington's Garden of Eden seeks apology after police raid

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Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 5:06 PM

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ARLINGTON — Our story about the August 2 police and code enforcement raid on Arlington's Garden of Eden is one of the most popular on WFAA.com.

Now we know the City of Arlington issued 10 code violations to the business that promotes sustainable living.

Shellie Smith, who owns the Garden of Eden, said her establishment was wrongfully raided for marijuana plants that police never found.

"The City of Arlington conducted a violent raid on innocent people, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in trumped up charges, proven to be false," Smith said in a written statement. "There was no search warrant presented upon entry, and not for over an hour and half or two while we were held at gunpoint with automatic weapons."

New photos supplied by the city show the alleged violations — from high weeds to stagnant water and improper storage.

"The Garden of Eden has many projects in the works that use free, used and recycled materials," Smith wrote. "There are a host of sustainable materials which, though to the common eye may appear to be trash, are in actuality experiments in progress."

The Garden of Eden faces a $3,600 fine.

Smith said she wants an apology because SWAT officers violated their rights.

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