Botched Oklahoma Grow Operation Raid Causes $10M In Damage
The Oklahoma Special Operations team of District 23 was described as entering the Earth Research Labs facility in a SWAT formation, pointing guns.
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Oklahoma Special Ops Blunder Over Licensing Misunderstanding Yields $10 Million In Damages For Cultivator

The Oklahoma Special Operations team of District 23 was described as entering the Earth Research Labs facility in a SWAT formation, pointing guns.
Licensing

Oklahoma Special Ops Blunder Over Licensing Misunderstanding Yields $10 Million In Damages For Cultivator

Author James Eason
Published Aug 20, 2021
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Thanks to a clerical error, Earth Research Labs’ McLoud, Oklahoma facility was subjected to an unnecessary raid. Earth Labs’ property manager described the officers in SWAT formation, pointing guns, and destroying plants. Rodney Topkov, Earth Research Labs CEO, believes the damages could be as much as $10 million.

The Special Operations Team of District 23 raided the facility after receiving information from another, unnamed law enforcement agency. Pottawatomie County District Attorney Alan Grubb said the Special Operations Team received information from the other agency “in good faith” and believed it to be “accurate and correct after several checks.”

“Whether it’s a computer glitch or a non-communication to the correct agency,” said Donald Gies, founding and managing attorney at Gies Law Firm, which is representing Topkov and Earth Labs. “Either way, we do know that I have a client that is out millions and millions of dollars and we need to know who’s gonna be held accountable,” he continued.

Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said that the company’s license did not show up on an “initial check” but was found during a subsequent search in their “old system” the day after the raid.

Gies has called the action “a pretty incredible mistake.”

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