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



Minnesota
A page devoted to newspaper clippings from Minnesota


 
Channel 4. Minnesota.

7-27-2007.

Jul 27, 2007 3:39 pm US/Central

Troopers Find 15 Lbs. Of 'Shrooms In Traffic Stop

(WCCO) State troopers who stopped a 2007 Kia Sorrento for speeding near Sauk Centre on Sunday and found 15 pounds of illegal mushrooms in the vehicle, most were packaged as phony birthday presents.

The troopers arrested Willie Jenkins, 28, and Brook Tonioli, 26, both of Myrtle Point, Oregon. Both were charged Tuesday in Todd County with two counts of first degree controlled substance violations and both are being held on $1 million bond.

The routine traffic stop for speeding on I-94 resulted in the bust around 1:50 p.m. last Sunday. The trooper called a K-9 unit after hearing conflicting stories and information from the motorists. In addition to the mushrooms, the troopers found a small amount of marijuana and seized more than $10,000 in cash.

The driver, Jenkins, was also fined for driving with a suspended license and for speeding 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

"This is another prime example how basic traffic safety enforcement is critical to preventing drug trafficking in Minnesota," said State Patrol Captain Al Kutz.

( MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

 




 

8-6-2007

Source: http://wcco.com/local/local_story_208164115.html

State troopers who stopped a 2007 Kia Sorrento for speeding near Sauk Centre on Sunday and found 15 pounds of illegal mushrooms in the vehicle, most were packaged as phony birthday presents.

The troopers arrested Willie Jenkins, 28, and Brook Tonioli, 26, both of Myrtle Point, Oregon. Both were charged Tuesday in Todd County with two counts of first degree controlled substance violations and both are being held on $1 million bond.

The routine traffic stop for speeding on I-94 resulted in the bust around 1:50 p.m. last Sunday. The trooper called a K-9 unit after hearing conflicting stories and information from the motorists. In addition to the mushrooms, the troopers found a small amount of marijuana and seized more than $10,000 in cash.

The driver, Jenkins, was also fined for driving with a suspended license and for speeding 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

"This is another prime example how basic traffic safety enforcement is critical to preventing drug trafficking in Minnesota," said State Patrol Captain Al Kutz.

( MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)




 

http://www.dl-online.com/articles/index.cfm?id=37111&section=News

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

7-30-2008

Drug-laced chocolate goodies lead to felony charges

July 30, 2008 - dl-online.com

Three men have been charged with felony first-degree controlled substance crime (possession over 500 grams) and two counts each of fifth-degree controlled substance crime (possession) after allegedly being caught with several grocery bags of marijuana- and hallucinogenic mushroom-laced chocolate goodies in the back of their car on Highway 59 near Sauer Lake.

On Thursday, a trooper monitoring traffic on Highway 59 near Sauer Lake noticed a passenger car with dark-tinted windows that appeared to be tinted to a degree illegal in Minnesota, according to court records.

He pulled the car over and all three young men inside showed signs of nervousness. The trooper also allegedly noted signs of marijuana use residue in the car and physical signs on the driver.

The driver, Brandon Terrence Van Kirk, 28, of 600 Grand Ave. No. 3, St Paul, consented to a search of the car.

The passengers were Matthew Philip Hammond, 28, of 27 West 14th St., Minneapolis (in the passenger seat) and Justin Levi Mack, 28, of 2028 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis (in the back seat).

The trooper allegedly found 1.3 grams of amphetamines (with packaging) on the passenger side floor.

There was also allegedly 13 grams of marijuana in a glass jar in the glove compartment, and another 16 grams of marijuana in a black duffel bag.

In the back set was a grocery bag that allegedly contained numerous chocolate bunnies wrapped in tin foil that tested positive for marijuana. Gross package weight was 1,082 grams.

There were also numerous baked goods, including brownies wrapped in tin foil in a grocery bag in the back seat. They allegedly contained hallucinogenic mushrooms. Total gross weight was 4,497 grams.

The three appeared Monday before District Judge Joe Evans.

He set bail or bond at $50,000 for Van Kirk, whose next court appearance is Aug. 4.

Evans set bail or bond at $25,000 for Hammond, whose next court appearance is set for Sept. 2, and the same amount for Mack, whose next appearance is set for Aug. 4.




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