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December 8, 2002.

Oklahoma City, OK News Channel KFOR
Edmond, Oklahoma. May 17, 2001

Police Bust Mushroom Operation

Edmond police raided a home and discovered a drug that was popular 40 years ago. This is the first time in memory Edmond police have raided a mushroom operation. Police say it was on the verge of being a major production. "They were set for business," said Glynda Chu of the Edmond Police Department. Mason jars, grow lights and fish aquariums, not the tools of a traditional drug lab. "No one can even remember any time we've had a drug bust like this in the Edmond area," said Chu. An informant led the Edmond narcotics unit to this home where they shut down a "growing" mushroom operation. "What they found inside the house was extensive growing products for psilocyvin mushroom. Apparently they felt there was a market for it." Mushrooms are a schedule one narcotic, producing a high similar to heroin and LSD. "Use to be a trend back in the 60s. We hope we're not seeing a resurgence of that." Don Holmes lives near the suspected drug operation. He says it's frightening to think someone was cultivating a controlled substance a few feet from the neighborhood bus stop. "And there are kids across the street too. I hate to see that. Makes you wonder who your neighbors are," said Holmes. But police say they made the bust before it became a flourishing drug operation. "Apparently they've only been in business about six weeks. Had it gone on for an extended amount of time, it looks like they had enough product to make quite a bit of psilocyvin mushrooms. It's the first time in Edmond that we've had this type of drug bust and we hope it's the last," said Chu. Police arrested James White and William Brown during the raid. They face charges of cultivating a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. We checked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. They say, statewide, agents have only worked a handful of "mushroom" cases during the last three years.


Dear Sirs:
Once again I see sensationalistic reporting over caused by irresponsible journalism.

As the author of nine books, one medical poster and more than two dozen published papers on the subject of hallucinogenic mushrooms, I must inform you that I deplore the unprofessional journalism involved in writing this news item.

First off.
Mushrooms were first re-discovered in the early 1950s by ethnomycologist and Wall Street financier R. Gordon Wasson who wrote of their use in Pre-Colombian societies by the Aztecs and their contemporary ancestors The Mazatecs and several other tribal groups residing in Mesoamerica.

Dr. Wasson announced these discoveries to the world in a well written and extensive pictorial presented to the public in the May 13, 1957 issue of Life Magazine titled, "Mushrooms that cause Strange Visions."

According to a recent article published in an issue of the United Nations Publication, "Bulletin on Narcotics," Mushrooms are the drug of choice in America for young adults.

There are 24 species of Psilocybin in the Pacific Northwest United States (spelled in your article as psilocybin in>) and a total of 28 species throughout the USA.

Psilocybine containing mushrooms are not similar to heroin. Heroin is a narcotic, and mushrooms are tryptamines. In fact the chemicals in the mushrooms are closely related to the brains own neurotransmitter serotonine 5-hydroxytrptamine. And that is the only similarity to LSD. Obviously you are unaware that psilocybine containing mushrooms work on the same part of the brain as LSD. They are not similar to LSD.

And no one gives mushrooms to children so the police have no comprehension of what they are talking about.

And again, psilocybine containing mushrooms grow in most states in the United States and there are more than 28 varieties found in the US. 18 in Seattle alone and some may grow naturally in Oklahoma (Psilocybe cubensis, the cultivation one mentioned in the drug raid.) grow from Southern Oklahoma to Texas east to Florida and North to Georgia. The mushrooms confiscated in the raid are apparently Psilocybe cubensis, known in Mexico as San Ysidro (named for the Patron Saint of Agriculture). They are used ceremoniously in rituals still performed by Indians living in the Sierra Mazateca range in Oaxaca, Mexico.

A single 10 gallon aquarium produces approximately 1 dried ounce of mushrooms which would be a total of five doses (the reported clinical dosage for that particular species is from 3 to 5 grams dried bringing a total of approximately five doses per dried ounce, a yield for a ten gallon aquarium. Not an out of proportional amount as suggested by the police in your report. Not worth cultivating and not much of a drug bust. And on another note. One can pick more mushrooms from their natural habitats than they could grow in their home.

Another point noticed in your news item is the, if you cannot even spell the word psilocybin (psilocyvin) [sic!] correctly then why are you even writing this article.

If you really want to read about some really big mushroom drug busts then visit my web site at:

Please read up about a subject before you spread misinformation about a substance you apparently have no knowledge of.

Best Regards,
John W. Allen.

Norman, Oklahoma Shroom Cultivation Bust June 22, 2007.

The Norman Transcript.

Norman woman arrested for mushroom cultivation.

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

A Norman woman was arrested Thursday for an alleged connection to a residence-based hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation according to the Cleveland County sheriff’s department and the narcotics division of the Norman police department.

Deborah A. Kolch, 57, was taken into custody in the 1600 block of Dakota Street after the agencies served a search warrant on the property. Officials reported finding more that 24 pounds of “illegal fungus” in two bedrooms apparently converted to facilitate the growth of psilocybin mushrooms. A small amount of marijuana also was discovered in the home.

Kolch was taken the Cleveland County Detention Center and booked for cultivation of controlled dangerous substance; possession of CDS; distribution of CDS; possession within 1,000 feet of a school; and maintaining a house for the purpose of keeping or selling CDS.


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Police: Accident victim high on mushrooms

The Norman Transcript

Man who allegedly sold drugs being charged

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer


Accident victim high on mushrooms
July 14, 2007 -

A 22-year-old University of Oklahoma student who died in a high-speed, multiple-collision, rollover accident near Lindsey Street and Berry Road in May, had ingested psilocybin mushrooms prior to the accident, was hallucinating and thought something was after him, according to documents filed Friday in Cleveland County District Court.

The man who allegedly sold the student the mushrooms, Justin Cole Gentry, 22, Norman, is being charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled dangerous substance, according to District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

"This is a very serious charge," Mashburn said. "A lot of people are under the impression that it's OK to possess drugs or provide drugs to friends. But here's a case where doing so directly led to a man's death and one can clearly see the danger in that type of activity."

An investigation revealed the accident victim, William Powell, was "hanging out and partying with friends" at an apartment in the 2000 block of West Lindsey Street the evening of May 5, Mashburn said.

After interviewing witnesses at the party, investigators said Gentry admitted selling six grams of mushrooms for $50 to Powell and another man, who had pooled their money to purchase the hallucinogen.

Witnesses said Powell, after ingesting the mushrooms, began to "trip out" and "thought that spiders were on him and something was coming to get him," according to a police affidavit.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Powell ran from the apartment, jumped into his vehicle and fled, driving erratically and at a high rate of speed eastbound on West Lindsey Street, police said. Minutes later, Powell was involved in and caused several collisions on West Lindsey Street.

Police said the vehicle Powell was driving struck three westbound vehicles and one eastbound vehicle before rolling over near Berry Road. Powell was partially ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A Norman woman and a juvenile also were transported to the hospital after sustaining injuries in the collisions. Both were treated and released, according to the accident report.

According to the OU student directory, Powell was a sophomore in the College of Continuing Education with a permanent address in Enid.

A warrant was being requested for Gentry's arrest. He had not been booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center Friday evening.

Bixby Bulletin Neighborhood newspaper.

Two arrested for possession of potent mushrooms

July 18, 2008 - Bixby Bulletin


JO-ANN JENNINGS,News editor, Bixby Bulletin,

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Ryan Patrick Jackson of Broken Arrow.

Ryan Patrick Jackson, 19, Broken Arrow, and Christopher Kyle Brown, 22, Bixby, were arrested Tuesday, July 15, for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, over seven pounds of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

According to Capt. James Kite of the Bixby Police Department, arresting officers were Scott Henderson, BPD's K-9 officer, and Jerrod Martin.

Said Kite, "Psilocybin Mushrooms are a Schedule I drug. A Schedule I drug is considered to be the most addictive kind of drug and does not have any accepted medical value.

""The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $40,000."

Kite explains that Psilocybin Mushrooms are fungi that contain psychedelic substances.

Side effects are similar to those of LSD, including the possibility of severe emotional and psychological distress.

"Also extremely poisonous, wild-picked mushrooms can be easily mistaken for Psilocybin Mushrooms," said Kite.

"A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical which acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior."

Similar illicit drugs that can grow in the wild are opium from opium poppy plants; cocaine from the leaves of the coca plant; marijuana from the marijuana or cannabis plant.

"Even though being arrested for possession of mushrooms sounds strange, it is no different than being arrested for marijuana or cocaine. The dangers of abuse are very similar," said Kite.

Kite indicated that a stem test of the seized mushrooms showed a positive result for psilocybin, the ingredient that makes this type mushroom illegal to possess.

Once the results of the test proved positive, Jackson and Brown were booked into the Tulsa County Jail on felony drug possession charges.

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