Hopeful Pot Thieves Should've Had Botanist in Their Crew

Police say they mistook a hop farm for a pot farm
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Note for future criminals: This is the plant that gets you drunk, not the plant that gets you high.   (Getty Images/OKRAD)

(Newser) – Botanists they aren't. Modern Farmer reports three people were arrested last month in Canada after allegedly breaking onto a hops farm they thought was a pot farm. A farmer on Prince Edward Island called police Nov. 26 after seeing two men and a woman on his property. Authorities arrested the trio they say mistakenly believed the hop farmer was a pot farmer. The suspects allegedly damaged a bunch of hops already packaged for transportation to a local brewery. “This senseless act has impacted the farm’s ability to provide quality product to market,” police said in a statement. While two of the suspects weren't named, 23-year-old Warren Howatt was charged with various crimes, including breaking and entering and theft of kitchen utensils, according to the Guardian. (Read more hops stories.)

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