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|CHATHAM, New Jersey Shroom Bust
Borough police bag mushroom man
CHATHAM - Chatham Borough Police arrested a Summit man on May 24 and charged him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The man, David E. Epstein, 22, went into police custody after a motor vehicle stop in the borough.
According to Detective Michael E. Bochniak, Officer Roy George was acting as a backup for the stop initiated by Sergeant Scott O'Connor when, "in plain view, he observed a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be dried mushrooms (psilocybin).
Police arrested Epstein and transported him to police headquarters where he was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, speeding, and unclear license plates. Police released him on his own recognizance pending a court appearance, Bochniak said.
Also on May 24, Officer George arrested Michael J. Dondiego, 31, of Union on active contempt of court warrants issued by Scotch Plains and Watchung, Bochniak said.
The arrest came after George initiated a motor vehicle stop in the borough and subsequently discovered the warrants. Dondiego, according to police, posted the $1,000 bail and was released on his own recognizance
©Recorder Newspapers 2004.
The Chatham Courier-No State listed
5-30-2004. bust occurred on may 24, 2004
The Hub, Red Bank New jersey
March 26, 2004
Two arrested at hotel for drug dealing
TINTON FALLS ó A two-month investigation culminated in the arrest of two out-of-state men for possession and resale of psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and paraphernalia out of the Red Roof Inn last week.
On March 20, Tinton Falls detectives, in cooperation with the Monmouth County Prosecutorís Office, obtained a search warrant as a result of their investigation into alleged drug possession and sales out of a room at the Hope Road hotel.
After searching the room occupied by Lonn Imparato, 30, of Fairfield, Vt., and Jason Joseph Mihelic, 29, of Chicago, Ill., detectives seized more than 1.5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, more than 1 pound of "high grade" marijuana, about 100 handmade glass pipes, packaging materials and about $20,000 in cash, a prepared statement from the prosecutorís office said.
Packaging materials that were left behind indicated that about 8 pounds of the mushrooms, "known on the street as Ďmagic mushrooms,í " had been sold prior to the search, the statement added.
The mushrooms have a street value of about $2,500 a pound, police said.
"The two subjects arrested are both from out of state and, through intelligence sources, are believed to be responsible for most of the psilocybin mushrooms available in the Monmouth County area," the statement from the prosecutorís office added. "Additionally, the handmade pipes were sold to area stores by one of the defendants and range in price from $30 to $100 wholesale."
Imparato and Mihelic are believed to have stayed in area hotels from three to five days at a time in order to sell their products. They were accompanied by a large dog, which was seized by police at the time of the arrest, police said.
Specifically, Imparato was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute the mushrooms, a third-degree offense; possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree offense; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a third-degree offense; and possession of heroin, a third-degree offense; and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. His bail was set by state Superior Court Judge Paul A Kapalko in the amount of $130,000 with no 10 percent option.
Mihelic was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute psilocybin mushrooms, a third-degree offense; possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree offense; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a third-degree offense; and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. His bail was set at $77,500 by Kapalko with no 10 percent option.