Farmer faces mushroom woes
Trespassing teenagers on hunt for drugs damaging property, peace
By CHRIS BRENNAMAN
The Brunswick News
Sonny Livingston and his family like their privacy.
Nestled in rural southern Glynn County, off U.S. Highway 82, the Livingstons raise cattle on land that has been in the family since the late 1800s.
In recent years, however, they have found their solitude broken by thrill-seeking incursions.
"We get kids on a regular basis out here, looking for mushrooms," he said.
"They come out here at all hours of the night, looking for them."
The mushrooms Livingston is talking about are not the type in supermarket produce sections.
They are the kind that, when consumed, can induce an LSD-like high.
Common in cow pastures, psilocybe mushrooms are typically boiled to make a tea.
Drinking the tea can produce effects like mild hallucinations or a generally relaxed feeling.
This year, Livingston said he has caught five or six groups of teenagers trespassing to find the mushrooms."I've held a few of them," Livingston said. "I'll block their cars and wait for them to wander out of the woods."
Each time he has caught a group, he has called the Glynn County Police Department and called the parents of the trespassing teens.
"They admit what they're doing," Livingston said.
"But a lot of times, their parents don't want to believe that their kids are doing what they're doing."One woman told me, 'Well that's not possible because my child is an honor student.' Well, that honor student got caught."
Teen Arrested With Psychedelic Mushrooms
POSTED: 6:20 am EDT September 27, 2006
UPDATED: 6:26 am EDT September 27, 2006
ACWORTH -- A teenager has been arrested in connection with one of the largest mushroom busts ever in the city of Acworth.
Police say they found a stash of psychedelic mushrooms, or shrooms, when they pulled over 18-year-old Kyle Skinner of Kingston Monday night.
Investigators say the mushrooms have an estimated street value of about $150,000.
“This hallucinogenic drug is like an acid effect, it would be dangerous for anyone operating any kind of vehicle or any type of equipment,” said Acworth police officer Wayne Dennard.
Police say they don't know if Skinner raised the mushrooms on his own.Copyright 2006 by WSBTV.com
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Hallucinogenic mushrooms grown near school
October 05, 2006
An observant maintenance worker at Blessed Trinity High School helped police nab a Kennesaw man last month for allegedly growing hallucinogenic mushrooms deep inside the woods near the school.
Roswell Police report they were called to the school Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, when the man's car was spotted parked on the school property. The maintenance staffer had noticed the gray SUV at the school several times before and witnessed the driver – later identified as Maxwell Lewin – walking from the car into the woods.
Concerned that Lewin might be up to no good, police searched the woods and nearby subdivisions for him, but to no avail. Only later, when he returned to his SUV with police waiting for him, did his actions come to light.
Lewin was carrying two brown bags filled with what he called "wheelie" mushrooms. He told police he picked them as a hobby but his friends sold lots of them for profit.
He said he hosts a Web site promoting mushroom collecting and learned from someone on the message board that Roswell was a great place for psilocybin (a hallucinogenic alkaloid) mushrooms.
He showed police his cultivation in the woods about 1/8 mile from the school.
Psilocybin mushrooms are popular at raves, clubs and, increasingly, on college campuses.
Drugs Found In Chocolate Ducks
POSTED: 4:48 pm EST November 9, 2007
UPDATED: 3:21 am EST November 10, 2007
ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Rockdale County deputies have made an unusual bust -- drugs in candy ducks!
Officials arrested Matthew Jackson, 20, of Covington for allegedly selling LSD and other hallucinogens baked into duck-shaped chocolate candy.
Authorities said the chocolate ducks were wrapped in silver and gold foil. Officials said a crushed sample of the chocolate revealed a large amount of a mushroom-like material mixed into the chocolate.
Officials with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department said they had never seen anything like it.
A search of Jackson’s vehicle revealed 74 more ducks in a cooler bag, officials said.
He remains in jail while awaiting a bond hearing. He is charged with the sale of LSD; sale of psilocin, the active ingredient in psilocybin mushrooms; and possession with intent to distribute psilocin.
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