Lena Bartula, at age 71, is an accomplished artist and proud grandmother who had an unsettling experience as she passed through North Texas on her way to visit her granddaughter in Oregon.
In fact, a nightmare, she said, would be a better description for when police officers slapped handcuffs on her at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after they found cannabidiol (CBD) oil in her travel bag.
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The Fort Worth native, who now lives in an artist community in Mexico, was told she was under arrest.
“I think I almost laughed out loud, because I thought that couldn’t really be,” Bartula said in a Skype interview with NBC 5 Investigates.
She realized it was no laughing matter when, handcuffed, she was driven to the DFW Airport Jail where, “I slept on the floor, my head next to the toilet.”
It was a far cry from the peaceful, picturesque community in Mexico where Bartula runs a popular gallery.