|Creekmore shroom business Indiana sState Superior sns
DEC 18, 2003
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA
DAVID T. CREEKMORE, )
vs. ) No. 41A01-0304-PC-157
STATE OF INDIANA, )
APPEAL FROM THE
JOHNSON SUPERIOR COURT
December 18, 2003
OPINION - FOR PUBLICATION
David T. Creekmore appeals his conviction and sentence. He questions whether the trial court erred by failing to suppress evidence gathered from his home pursuant to a search warrant. We affirm.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
DISCUSSION AND DECISION
However, “[d]eclarations against penal interest can furnish sufficient basis
for establishing the credibility of an informant within the meaning of Ind.
Code § 35-33-5-2(b)(1).” Houser, 678 N.E.2d at 100.
Footnote: Psilocybin mushrooms are mushrooms that contain psilocybin, which is a Schedule I hallucinogenic drug. Ind. Code § 35-48-2-4(d)(20).
Footnote: This telephone conversation was not recorded.
Footnote: In actuality, the house is near the intersection of 775 South and 100 East. Detective Walters testified he told Detective Sanders the coordinates were 775 South and 100 East. Detective Sanders was not sure whether he gave Judge Gray correct or incorrect coordinates when they talked on the telephone.
Footnote: Ind. Code § 35-48-4-7.
Footnote: Ind. Code § 35-48-4-10(a)(2)(c).
Footnote: Ind. Code § 35-48-4-2(a)(1).
Footnote: That statute outlines the procedure by which a judge may issue a warrant without being presented a copy of the probable cause affidavit required by Ind. Code § 35-33-5-2.
That statute describes the information that must be included in the
probable cause affidavit that must be presented to a judge before a search or
arrest warrant may be issued.
The News Sentinel
Posted on Fri, Apr. 07, 2006
Former Nashville police officer charged with drug dealing
NASHVILLE, Ind. - Prosecutors charged a fired town police officer with drug dealing.
Robert M. Easterday Jr., 32, of Bloomington, faces seven drug-related charges including dealing in crack cocaine and attempting to sell psilocybin mushrooms between September and January, prosecutors said.
Six members of a grand jury heard testimony in the case before returning the indictments Wednesday. Easterday was being held Friday in the Brown County Jail on $20,000 bond.
"No one is above the law, and it's really disturbing when a police officer is accused of breaking the law," Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said.
Nashville Town Marshall Jack Dorsett suspended Easterday from the police force in February. Easterday had reported his work-issued handgun missing from his former Nashville home. The Town Council in Nashville, 15 miles east of Bloomington, later fired the seven-year veteran for dereliction of duty.
A day after the gun was reported missing, Easterday told his boss he had recovered it from Robert J. Saunders, a 25-year-old acquaintance and Easterday's one-time neighbor. Saunders said he had found the gun, which had its serial number filed off.
Saunders was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, possession of an altered handgun and receiving stolen property.
The indictment said Easterday asked Saunders if he knew anyone interested in buying the mushrooms.
The journal Gazette.
Police find mushrooms, Ecstasy
2-month undercover investigation leads to multiple drug charges
By Abby Slutsky
The Journal Gazette
A Fort Wayne man was arrested Friday and charged with several counts of dealing drugs after a Fort Wayne police investigation.
Police said Nathan Lee McNeal, 21, of the 2000 block of St. Joseph Boulevard, sold marijuana, cocaine and narcotic mushrooms to undercover detectives during a two-month investigation.
McNeal was arrested during a traffic stop at Lima and Ludwig roads at 5:30 p.m., police said.
During the traffic stop, police found several Ecstasy pills in McNeal’s possession, police said.
After the arrest, police searched McNeal’s home where they found marijuana and narcotic mushrooms, police said.
McNeal was charged with three counts of dealing less than 30 grams of marijuana, three counts of dealing more than 30 grams of marijuana, three counts of dealing cocaine, dealing a controlled substance (mushrooms), maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
He was booked into the Allen County Lockup where he was being held in lieu of $509,450 bail.
Courtney Anne Lubke, 19, of the 8900 block of Redfield Drive, was a passenger in McNeal’s car when he was stopped Friday and also was arrested, police said.
According to police, Lubke was in possession of marijuana and a pipe containing marijuana residue.
Lubke was booked into the Allen County Lockup on charges of possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia. She was being held in lieu of $1,500 bail.
|Courier & Press
Medical student accused of dealing mushrooms
Originally published 08:14 a.m., May 13, 2008
Updated 08:14 a.m., May 13, 2008
An Indiana University medical student studying in Evansville is accused of growing and selling psilocybin mushrooms.
Derek Turner, 24, was arrested Monday at his West Side apartment. Turner, who is scheduled to make an initial court appearance today, is facing a preliminary charge of dealing a schedule I controlled substance.
Speaking to authorities shortly after his arrest, Turner reportedly told them "he has an undergraduate degree (in) biology and wanted to see if he could grow psilocybin mushrooms," the affidavit said.
Evansville Police Department officers began investigating Turner after receiving information on his alleged mushroom operation from a confidential informant, according to the affidavit.
The informant, who police said admitted buying mushrooms from Turner on several occasions, told authorities Turner at one point had mushrooms growing in a fish tank in his apartment, 5611 Calle Las Colinas, and that he would dry them himself before selling them.
Authorities worked with the informant, who reportedly owed Turner money for mushrooms purchased last month, to set up a meeting to pay the money back under police surveillance, the affidavit said.
During the meeting, Turner reportedly told the informant he was no longer going to produce the mushrooms because he was "spooked" by the recent arrest of a suspect who the informant had resold them to, according to the affidavit.
After the meeting was completed, officers with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Task Force arrested Turner and searched his apartment. According to the affidavit, they found 4.2 grams of marijuana, two grinders containing an unknown powder substance, two smoking pipes, potting soil, mason jars and lids and a fish tank. Police also reportedly seized more than $600 from the defendant, including the money paid by the informant.
Bond has not yet been set for Turner.
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|Mother of accused mushroom grower faces own charge
May 19, 2009
Indiana: VALPARAISO -- A woman charged with allowing her son to grow and deal psychedelic mushrooms in their Valparaiso apartment had her trial date set Monday for Nov. 2.
Marilyn Putnam, 50, of the 300 block of Worchester Drive, faces up to three years in prison on the felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.
Judge Roger Bradford set her bond at $300 at Monday's initial hearing so Putnam could return to her job as the cook and bus driver at a Chesterton day care.
She has no prior arrests and has roots in the area, her attorney argued. Her son, Bradley Adrian Putnam, 24, was arrested March 18 and charged with dealing in psilocybin and manufacturing a controlled substance.
He faces up to 50 years in prison and is being held in Porter County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
His trial is set for July 29.
Police discovered the psilocybin mushroom growing operation after they stopped some of his customers for speeding on Campbell Street on March 17.
A canine unit found baggies containing three mushrooms and marijuana stuffed in between diapers in an open bag. More marijuana was found under the passenger's seat, putting the amount at more than 30 grams.
An infant was also in a car seat in the back seat.
Police charged Thomas W. Harvey II, 28, of Portage with felony possession of a narcotic drug and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
His trial date is Aug. 17, and he faces up to three years in prison.
Kevin Johnson, 20, of DeMotte received the same charges plus felony charge of false informing for telling the police that he was his brother. That charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Johnson has a Sept. 23 trial date.
When police went to the Putnam apartment about 12:45 a.m., they found mushrooms drying on a living room table under an oscillating fan.
The son told police that they were his and that he dried them while his mother slept.
With a warrant, police found seven plastic totes of mushrooms in various growing stages.
Marilyn Putnam told police she knew about the operation and tried to get her son to stop.
Related: Man faces 50 years for dealing psychedelic mushrooms
Man faces 50 years for dealing psychedelic mushrooms
Related article March 21, 2009
VALPARAISO -- A March 17 traffic stop led police to a man who allegedly has been growing and selling psychedelic mushrooms.
Bradley Adrian Putnam, 24, has been charged with felony dealing in psilocybin and felony manufacturing a controlled substance.
He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of the dealing charge, the more serious felony.
Police arrested him Monday, one day after police stopped a vehicle on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso. A passenger in the car identified Putnam as a mushroom dealer.
When police arrived, Putnam invited them in and denied selling or growing the mushrooms; however, an officer noticed a plate of mushrooms on the table, drying under an oscillating fan.
They found seven plastic totes with mushrooms growing in various stages and several jars of spores.
He allegedly told police he was doing it to make money.
He is being held in Porter County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Police also arrested the man driving the vehicle they had pulled over, Kevin D. Johnson, 20, of DeMotte.
He has been charged with felony possession of marijuana in excess of 30 grams, felony possession of a controlled substance (three psilocybin mushrooms) and false informing for giving the name of his brother when police pulled them over.
Johnson was released on $8,500 bond Wednesday.
Police found the drugs using a drug-sniffing dog. The marijuana was under the back seat and the mushrooms were stuffed in a bag of diapers, police said.
Another man, a woman and an infant boy were also in the car, but no one else has been charged.