A Harrison County hunting club owner has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation for law enforcement officers' destruction of kenaf plants, a look-alike for marijuana that's used as feed to attract deer.
Authorities raided the Boargog Hunting Club in September and seized 500 suspicious plants.
After the raid, Sheriff George H. Payne Jr. said the plants were thought to be marijuana. Payne later said his deputies were only assisting agents assigned to a federal drug enforcement team.
Waltman was not charged in the raid. His complaint accuses the sheriff and his agents of negligence, trespassing, invasion of privacy and defamation.
Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) seeds are available here from Mississippi State University and also from a variety of commercial sources. Some varieties such as the Tainung 2 have a palmate leaf shape (resembling marijuana) while other varieties do not.