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Also on Dec. 12, two members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, along with a LANEG agent, responded to a call from an extended-stay apartment complex in the rural St. Robert area.
The officers were responding to a report of a suspicious package that had opened to reveal a liquid-filled syringe. The officers made contact with the apartment’s occupant, to whom the package was addressed. As a result of that contact, a search of the apartment revealed a Psilocybin mushroom-growing operation.
The mushrooms contain the substance Psilocybin and are classified as a hallucinogenic drug, said King. He added that it is illegal to possess or grow these mushrooms, and that they are a schedule-one narcotic, meaning that they have no known medical use.
Around 100 syringes containing spores (mushroom seeds) were seized, along with an operational laboratory used for the growing of mushrooms.
The apartment’s occupant was not arrested at the time of the seizure. Charges are on hold pending additional information.
“It is a rare event whenever a mushroom-growing lab is uncovered,” King said. “This was a great example of good police work, and I would like to commend the officers who found this lab.”
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Warrensburg police bust hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation
January 11, 2008 - 10:05AM
Officers uncovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation while serving a search warrant at a Warrensburg apartment.
Three people who live at the apartment, 108 S. College St., were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. They were: Stephen Mizell, 22, Ruth Rodenberg, 22, and Kyle W. Altenderfer, 21, according to Warrensburg Police Department reports. Altenderfer was also arrested on a Johnson County warrant on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, reports stated.
Mizell and Rodenberg were released from Johnson County Jail, pending the filing of charges. Lt. Randy Eich, of Warrensburg’s detectives division, said police were waiting for lab results before requesting charges.
Officers found two ounces of finished, dried mushrooms and more growing in soil in the apartment, Eich said. They also found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Eich said finding a mushroom growing operation is “rare” and this was the largest he’s seen in his 30 years with the department.
“We don’t get a lot of them,” he said.