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Psilocybian mushroom related news items and some articles and unusual clippings.


Hello and welcome to our News archives. In this section you will find newspaper clippings regarding the visionary mushrooms in Arizona State. I Started to catalogue these clippings back in 1973.



June 23, 2000

Phoenix police have seized about &800.00 worth of relatively rare, but illegal "magic mushrooms" in two north Phoenix apartments.

The fungus, which causes hallucinations, was in various stages of cultivation in both apartments near Camelback Road and 19th Avenue.

The mushrooms sell for $100.00 an ounce, police said.

Charles Linderman was booked Wednesday, accused of manufacturing a dangerous drug, and accused of possessing a small amount of marijuana in the arrest, Phoenix Police Detective Rey Nejo said. Linderman also was wanted for failing to show up for a court date after Nejo arrested him six months ago on similar drug charges.

"He said he thought the charges had been dropped," Nejo said.

Man arrested for growing hallucinogenic mushrooms
March 25, 2006 -

Tucson police respond to a burglary in progress, and when they got to the apartment, they came across an illegal growing operation.

Members of the Counter Narcotics Alliance unit suit up to enter an Eastside apartment, an apartment that has an entire bedroom filled with chemicals and paraphernalia to grow hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Sgt. Mike Garcia is with TPD, but assigned to the Counter Narcotics Alliance.

He says, "This is relatively a large grow for mushrooms. Usually, they are smaller. They can be confined to a kitchen, to a bathroom... just a real small area."

The investigation began when someone called to report a burglary. The items were a found in a car.

The man who lives in the apartment identified to police the property was his. Authorities say he's under investigation for the mushroom growing operation.

Sgt. Garcia says, "It is dangerous and against the law."

One of the neighbors was shocked to hear about the illegal operation. Especially, since there are elderly residents next to the apartment.

Aaron Haggerty says, "It's terrible for me and my wife. We happen to live next door and we have a 7-year-old daughter, so to expose her to something like that is terrible. It's really bad for the community."

Because of the chemicals inside the apartment, the Tucson Fire Department was called in to remove them and dismantle the operation.

A Hazmat unit identified the chemicals and removed them from the apartment.

No arrests were made. The investigation continues.

Flagstaff, Arizona
22 February, 2008

Pounds of pot, mushrooms, narcotics seized in Flagstaff bust

FLAGSTAFF -- The following is a press release from the Flagstaff Police Dept.:

Flagstaff Police Dept.

The Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force (METRO) served two search warrants today following an investigation into marijuana cultivation operations. The task force is comprised of Flagstaff Police Department officers, DPS officers and Sheriff’s Dept. Deputies. Drug Enforcement Agency agents, DEA, assisted during the investigation and the service of warrants.

At about 07:00 AM agents from the team served warrants on two separate residences. The first being in Mountainaire at the 300 block of Commanche and the second one in Parks off of Government Prairie Road. The unit discovered advanced marijuana growing operations in each. The operations included artificial lighting, progressive fertilizing systems and harvesting/packaging layouts.

Seized during the warrant searches was a large quantity of horticultural equipment, growing plants and packaged marijuana. There were approximately 150 plants and 13 pounds of packaged marijuana. In addition there were pounds of mushrooms, a quantity of LSD, Ecstasy and cocaine. Also seized was approximately 22,000.00 dollars in cash. The street value on the drugs was estimated at about 135,000.00 dollars.

Agents arrested Scott Cheshire, 32, in Mountainaire. His charges included possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the Government Prairie location was Bradley Berquist, 27. He was booked for possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

These arrests signal the culmination of an ongoing investigations started near the first of the year.

Sgt. Tom Boughner

Flagstaff Police Department

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