Police find drug-laced candy
Portland police said Tuesday they are investigating a drug-dealing operation that is mixing hallucinogenic mushrooms with chocolate, raising concern that the candy-coated drugs could fall into the hands of children.
On Feb. 25, investigators seized a 30-pound box of the mushroom-laced chocolate candies, molded into hearts, animals, seashells and fire department badges, and wrapped in brightly colored foil.
Police and prosecutors were so alarmed that a child could mistakenly eat one and overdose that they broke their usual silence about an ongoing investigation.
"It's just a matter of time before an 8-year-old throws two or three of these things in their mouth," said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.
Experts say death is unlikely in a psilocybin overdose, even in children, but ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting and several hours of intense hallucinations.
"It could be a very scary thing for a young child, a teenager or an adult if they weren't expecting it," said Dr. Zane Horowitz, medical director of the Oregon Poison Control Center at OHSU Hospital.
The police investigation is in the early stages, said Capt. Cliff Madison, who runs the drugs and vice division.
Investigators think they are onto a group that is bringing psilocybin mushrooms -- known on the street as "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms" -- into Portland and making the chocolates for shipment elsewhere. The seized box was destined for the East Coast, Schmautz said.
The case began with a tip from United Parcel Service, which reported a suspicious box. Madison said the box contained about $20,000 that smelled like marijuana. Undercover officers delivered it, and that contact eventually led to a search of a home where mushrooms were being chopped up.
The investigation of the package eventually tied into an ongoing case conducted by a multiagency drug task force led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Madison said. Investigators found the box of chocolates, mushrooms, chocolate and molds in a car.
"We haven't gotten to the bottom of how this organization is set up," Madison said. "We don't know how the distribution is set up. We need to know more about it."
Two people have been arrested in recent weeks on possession of the chocolate-covered mushrooms but are unrelated to the distribution case. One of those arrested is a Lewis & Clark College student.
Madison said street officers and those working Portland's active rave and club scenes had heard about the chocolate-covered mushrooms. The arrests have police thinking the drugs are being consumed in Portland. Each chocolate has a street value of about $20.
Ken McGee, the DEA supervisor in Oregon, said the agency has seen an increase in the use of hallucinogens, including psilocybin mushrooms.
"We're aware of the growing trend in the area to experiment in the use of club drugs and the use of hallucinogenic drugs," he said, noting the Feb. 10 case in which a Clackamas County teenager is accused of killing his mother after ingesting mushrooms.
"It's probably no coincidence that all of a sudden you see the situation that occurred a couple of weeks ago and what you're seeing here," McGee said. "In the whole world of narcotic enforcement, you tend to see things happening in trends."
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Spore Sales Shut Down
By Dana Larsen (3-30-2003-PF Feb Raid
Psylocybe Fanaticus busted in mid-February raid.
About one week before the major bong shop crackdown swept across the US, a smaller raid hit Psylocybe Fanaticus, one of America's oldest and best-known sellers of mail-order mushroom spores.
Based in the small Washington town of Amanda Park, the four defendants allegedly sold psilocybe mushroom spores and kits by mail-order through the internet and ads in High Times magazine.
publications and internet articles describe how to seal mushroom spores in a
syringe, which is then used to inoculate a sterile medium. They pioneered this
technique, and also allegedly sold such syringes through their mail-order
Psylocybe Fanaticus website at www.fanaticus.com
appears to be no longer functioning. At this time it is unclear whether the
website has been seized by the DEA, or has simply been shut down.
Denton man follow-up news item to February 20, 2003
©THE STAR DEMOCRAT
Charges Dropped Against Denton Man
DENTON - All charges against a 67-year-old Denton man accused of harvesting hallucinogenic Psilocybin were dropped Wednesday, April 16 after laboratory results revealed the suspected drugs were fake.
John Henry Wheatley was arrested in February after an investigation by the Caroline County Drug Task Force led to the discovery of what they believed was the largest Psilocybin grown on the Eastern Shore in the basement of his business along Crystal Avenue. Psilocybin is more commonly known by its street names such as magic mushrooms or 'shrooms. Nearly 4-r pounds of the suspected drugs were found in the basement.
According to charging documents, two separate controlled buys conducted by the task force netted suspected drugs that field-tested positive for Psilocybin.
"This is why field tests aren't admissible in court," said State's Attorney Jonathan G. Newell. He said field tests are not nearly as thorough as the laboratory tests.
Newell said Wheatley was getting "ripped off" by whomever had supplied him the mushroom spores, and that Wheatley was unaware they were bogus.
Legally, a person still can be prosecuted for attempting to deal an imitation substance as an illegal drug, even if he is doesn't know the substance's authenticity.
June 2003 - Vol. ???
Compiled by Peter Gorman and Bill Weinberg
Psilocybe Fanaticus Busted
Seattle--Psilocybe Fanaticus, one of the oldest psilocybin spore-selling companies in the US, was raided on February 18, and its owners, Robert William McPherson of Amanda Park, WA, and Steven Coggin of Neilton, WA, were charged with comspiracy to manufacture and distribute hallucinogens, and with manufacturing psilocyn. According to the DEA, while the spores themselves are legal, the company was also providing instructions for how to grow them into magic mushrooms, which was the basis for the charges. Both men face 10 years in federal prison if convicted. The DEA wouldn't comment when queried as to why it didn't simply ask the company to stop distributing the instruction booklet--which would have solved the problem without ruining anyone's life.--AP, Feb. 19, 2003, and other sources.
PROFESSOR PSILOCYBE FANAITCUS SENTENCING REPORT
On October 31, my Wife and I went to our sentencing hearing at the Tacoma Federal courthouse. I was sentenced to 6 months home detention and 3 years probation. My wife was sentenced to 3 years probation. My sentence was based on the federal sentencing guidelines concerning drug felonies. I was calculated at a level 10 felony - zone B which provides as the minimum sentence - 6 months home detention. My wife got the minimum for psilocin (magic shroom) possession. She doesn't have to be drug tested. I have to stay clean and do periodic drug tests for the next 3 years. But, it ain't bad. I don't mind being unstoned (now that I am used to it).
The details of my sentence was based on the plea agreement my wife and I plus our lawyers signed on August 13 in Tacoma Federal court with the US attorneys office. To get count one dropped (the conspiracy to distribute), we forfeited some property and a considerable bank account (PF). We paid a fine of $125 for the court cost, but no fine for the sentence, which was a good thing. The forfeitures satisfied that. Plus, we keep our wonderful Olympic park rain forest house (my "prison" for the next 6 months). And a really good thing was that they dismissed my two other co-defendants (my wife's sister, Judy and their childhood "brother" (Steve).
The reason I got the minimum and a dismissal of two co-defendants was because the US attorney said that I cooperated with them from the day of the raid by taking the heat, telling them that I was the "man", and I was truthful and didn't hide anything. Also, I had a very small gro op in my house and they found 11.4 grams of dried shrooms in a waste basket. The DEA was surprised at the small ("miniscule" was a word they used in hearings) gro-op. But a gro-op is a gro-op, and any shroom gro-op no matter how small, is an automatic level 12 drug felony. I got a level 10 by pleading guilty with 2 points off for acceptance of responsibility. The plea agreement also said that I would not get any enhancements of the felony level. Probation (they work for the Judge) wanted me to get an "enhancement" of 4 levels added because that is what happens to "leaders" of conspiracies. And since I am the leader of the PF shroom gang, that would be me. So if that would have happened, which very well would have (without the plea agreement), I would definitely have gotten 15 to 21 months in prison - no home detention on that. What really scared us was that Probation initially asked for a level 16 which is 21 to 27 months. But my lawyer successfully disengaged that one.
So now it is over. It has been a rough 8 months, but my lawyer took us through it with expert advice through his many years of experience in the Federal court system. Without his negotiations with the US attorneys office, I am sure I would have gotten prison time with TOTAL forfeiture.
Previous to the morning of February 18, this was the headquarters of PF. After October 31, it is the McPherson incarceration center for the next 6 months. The Feds gave me this house back plus my Seattle and Neilton cribs (home of ex defendant Judy). But under house incarceration, the inmate has 50 hours a week leave time for gigs. There is a sunday night rock and roll gig at the Pourhouse lounge in Aberdeen that the prisoner will be doing, Plus, solo piano gigs at the Lake Quinault Lodge.
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|Drugs seized in Amsterdam, New York
Updated: 12/31/2003 12:28 PM
By: Capital News 9 web staff
Amsterdam police have seized a lot of mushrooms, and they're not the kind that go on your pizza.
State, county and local authorities raided a home on High Street, Tuesday. At least four pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and a smaller amount of marijuana were found inside.
Police arrested William Fish and Eric Curry, both age 23, and 22-year-old Jesse Lawrence.
Lieutenant Tom DiMezza from the Amsterdam Police Department said this is the first time he's seen mushrooms made into chocolate.
Lt. DiMezza said, "He was getting $5 to $15 per chocolate mushroom basically. The other bag of mushrooms he was selling just a few of them in a little bag for $30."
All three face drug possession charges. Authorities said drug sales from the residence totaled more than $1,000 each week
Amsterdam, New York
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - Time: 10:34:49 AM EST
Three arrested, mushrooms seized in drug bust
JARAD I. WILK
AMSTERDAM - Three city men were arrested Tuesday after local law enforcement
agencies found them to be in possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic
substances, according to Amsterdam Police Detective Lt. Tom DiMezza.
January 2, 2004
Mushroom grower’s conviction stands
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Nineveh drug dealer who was growing illegal psychedelic mushrooms in his home.
A search warrant that incorrectly listed David T. Creekmore’s home address was not enough reason to throw out Creekmore’s conviction, the court found. Creekmore was convicted of dealing in a controlled substance and possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana.
The charges stemmed from a warrant search of Creekmore’s house in Nineveh, where detectives found an indoor-growing operation to cultivate psilocybin mushrooms. Such mushrooms have hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD; possessing or growing them is a crime.
The case began when an informant, facing his own drug charges, told a Morgan County sheriff’s detective that Creekmore was an illegal-mushroom dealer known locally as “Dirty Dave.” That led sheriff’s detectives from Morgan and Johnson counties to request a search warrant for Creekmore’s house in Nineveh. Though the Morgan County detective knew where to find the house (near the intersection of county roads 775S and 100E), confusion over the road names led twice to incorrect addresses being listed on the search warrant: first for 775W and 100N (which don’t intersect in Nineveh) and then for 775N and 100W (which meet in Greenwood, not in Nineveh).
A Morgan County judge signed the warrant, and Creekmore’s house was searched on March 2, 2001. In a spare bedroom, detectives reportedly found four large plastic buckets outfitted with fluorescent lights and water lines, with mushrooms growing inside. Creekmore reportedly told detectives that he could harvest mushrooms every 30 days.
Detectives found more than four ounces of dried psilocybin mushrooms, with a street value of about $200 per ounce. They also found marijuana; and Creekmore was arrested.
Creekmore’s defense had contended that under the Fourth Amendment, the bad address on the search warrant made it an illegal search and seizure. Therefore, under what’s known as the exclusionary rule, the evidence seized in the search — including the marijuana and the illegal mushrooms Creekmore was cultivating — should have been suppressed, the defense asserted. If the evidence of Creekmore’s drug-dealing had been ruled inadmissible, the prosecution’s case against Creekmore would have fallen apart. But Judge Kevin Barton had denied Creekmore’s motion to suppress, and the evidence was allowed in.
At a bench trial with no jury in Johnson Superior Court 1 in March 2003, Creekmore was found guilty of dealing in a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and possession of marijuana over 30 grams, a Class D felony. He was acquitted of a second count of dealing. Barton sentenced Creekmore to nine years in prison, followed by six on probation.
Creekmore appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing that the search warrant was invalid. He also maintained the informant was not credible and therefore no probable cause existed to issue the warrant. His defense asked the appeals court to overturn his conviction and order a new trial.
A three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals issued its 12-page decision in late December. In a unanimous ruling, the appellate judges affirmed the conviction, finding in favor of Johnson County prosecutors and against Creekmore.
“Improper road designations did not make the warrant invalid because the warrant sufficiently described the place to be searched ...,” the decision said. “Accordingly, the trial court did not err when (Barton) denied Creekmore’s motion to suppress.” That means Creekmore’s conviction is not overturned, and he does not get out of prison.
“This is the kind of technicality that does not require a judge to let an obviously guilty criminal walk free,” Johnson County Prosecutor Lance Hamner said. “Judge Barton ruled correctly, and the court of appeals recognized this.”
The appeals court’s decision on Creekmore now becomes a legal precedent and could be cited as case law in future cases.
Mushrooms containing psilocybin typically are eaten to alter mood and perception in a manner similar to LSD. Commonly known as “’shrooms” among substance abusers, such mushrooms were used for centuries by American Indian cultures before gaining popularity with the 1960s drug counterculture.
Creekmore’s arrest in March 2001 was the first time in at least 12 years that Johnson County sheriff’s detectives had seen an indoor mushroom-growing operation.
The Daily Journal, Johnson County, Indiana.
|Quebec, Canada. Friday April 16, 2004.
218 Kilos of Psilocybine Mushrooms
SEIZURE OF "MAGIC" MUSHROOMS IN MIRABEL
SAINT-JÉRÔME, Friday, April 16, 2004
- On Wednesday, the police partners in Project Charlemagne seized one of the largest underground laboratories used to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin) in Quebec in the last five years. The search of a residence located on Chemin des Sources in Mirabel led to the seizure of 2,120 containers with more than 218 kilos of hallucinogenic mushrooms at various stages of growth, along with approximately 14 kilos of dried mushrooms for sale at street level. The officers also found 3 grams of hashish during the search.
One male subject was arrested on the premises. Richard Gagnon, 31, a resident of Île Perrot, appeared in court in Saint-Jérôme to face charges of production and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The search was conducted in close cooperation with officers of the Mashteuiatsh, Mirabel, Terrebonne, Bois-des-Filion and Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines public security departments.
Psilocybin disrupts the central nervous system and can be found in some 40 varieties of mushrooms. When taken in large doses, psilocybin induces perception distortions, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, numbness of the mouth, nausea, shivering, yawning, hot flashes and sweating. These effects last roughly from three to six hours. This drug may precipitate psychosis in vulnerable users.
Local law enforcement agencies invite
citizens to help them fight crime in Quebec by reporting any tip on illegal
activities by individuals or groups of persons by calling, toll-free,
1-888-771-6673, or their local police department. All calls will remain