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In this section you will find several newspaper clippings regarding the occurrence and use of visionary mushrooms in Maine.
They are arranged alphabetically by newspapers and then Chronologically by dates.

A page devoted to newspaper clippings from Maine

Newry, Maine

Two Newry men face marijuana charges

January 11, 2008

NEWRY, Maine—Two men from Newry are in hot water for allegedly growing and selling marijuana.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says 32-year-old Edward Aiken and 31-year-old Brian Martin were arrested this week after drug agents searched their homes last month.
Officials say they seized 80 marijuana plants growing inside Martin's home, along with evidence linking him to Aiken.
When investigators went to Aiken's home, they allegedly found three pounds of freshly dried marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Police say the pair were known to police from a 2003 investigation that resulted in the seizure of 300 marijuana plants.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network

July 24, 2009

Psychedelic Mushroom Growing Operation Busted in Winthrop

A Winthrop man is under arrest after authorities found a psilocybin mushroom growing operation at his home.  Lawrence Cook, 46, has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking after Maine drug agents found the mushrooms, LSD and assorted drug paraphernalia in Cooks home on Route 133.

Cook was arrested at a courthouse in Augusta where he was appearing on an unrelated charge.  He's being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

The arrest was the result of an investigation of several months, authorities say.  The probe involved the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Winthrop Police Department and the Waterville Police Department.  Authorities say more arrests are expected in the case.


Man charged with growing mushrooms

Mark LaFlamme, Staff Writer

Published: Jul 24, 2009 12:00 am.

Maine — One man was arrested and others are expected to be charged in a case in which police found psilocybin mushrooms and LSD during a search of a Route 133 home.

Lawrence Cook, 46, was arrested after drug agents found a mushroom-growing operation inside his house, police said. Cook was not home when they conducted the raid, but his two children were. The arrest followed a months-long investigation, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials.

After his home was searched, Cook was found at the district court in Augusta where he had gone to resolve an unrelated matter. He was charged with aggravated drug trafficking and taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta where he was being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Psilocybin mushrooms, colloquially known as "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," produce mind-altering effects that often include hallucinations. Drug officials say the effects of the mushrooms are unpredictable and can cause an unpleasant or dangerous experience for the user.

The investigation, also involving Winthrop and Waterville police, is continuing and more arrests are expected, according to the MDEA.

In late June, drug agents and police arrested another person when investigators found mushrooms, 18 pounds of marijuana, cash and weapons at a Soper Road home in Winthrop, police said.

Police did not say whether that bust is related to the raid at Cook's home.

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