Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming
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Police investigate four believe to be on mushrooms
Police found four men who are thought to have been using hallucinogenic mushrooms after an off-duty officer reported a suspicious man near his home, Lt. Sawley Wilde said.
The off-duty officer said he'd seen a man who was looking into a camper and appeared to be trying to break in, Wilde said.
Officers responded and contacted a 21-year-old man who was eating potting soil and appeared extremely high and disoriented, he said.
While officers were speaking with him, a 20-year-old man who also appeared high came out of the house, Wilde said. Officers went inside and found two more 20-year-old men and learned that the group was under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms, Dramamine, alcohol and marijuana.
Officers arrested one of the 20-year-old men on an outstanding bench warrant. Both the 21-year-old man and the 20-year-old who was outside the house were taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital's emergency room because of their condition, Wilde said. They were extremely combative and had to be sedated.
The case is still under investigation.
Magic shrooms get man arrested
By Michelle Dynes
Magic shrooms get man arrested
December 21, 2007 - wyomingnews.com
CHEYENNE - A local man was arrested Thursday for possession of nine pounds of psilocybin mushrooms.
Police said David Price was taken into custody. Further details about him were unavailable as of press time.
Sgt. Terrance Bell of the Cheyenne Police Department said Price would be charged with felony possession and manufacture of a Schedule I narcotic.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center, the estimated street value of the drugs is about $28,800. But police here said they might not raise that amount of money on the local market.
Bell said officers from the Division of Criminal Investigation and Cheyenne police were investigating reports of a mushroom-growing operation in the basement of the house at 2516 E. 10th St. for a couple of weeks.
On Thursday, officers visited the home with a search warrant. Inside, they found three large, sealed bags of psilocybin mushrooms and paperwork detailing an operation to grow the mushrooms.
The effects of psilocybin are similar to those produced by mescaline and LSD, according to the Drug Intelligence Center. Those include pleasant feelings and hallucinations as well as the potential for "bad trips."
Bell said it is possible officers arrived after the mushrooms were grown and bagged.
"We didn't find a grow operation, but we did find the packaged material," he added.
He said possession of more than three ounces of plant form narcotic is a felony. Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar said the penalty for this crime is up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
The penalty for manufacturing is up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
Bell said he did not know whether Price owned or rented the home on 10th Street. He added that there is no risk of contamination to the building.
Officers did wear protective masks as a precaution since disturbing the mold spores can cause illness. But since the bags were tightly sealed, Bell said there shouldn't be a problem.
Three dogs also were found in the home. If someone does not claim them, they will be turned over to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, Bell added.
TRUE wrote on Dec 27, 2007 10:39 AM:
" I too strongly believe just because it is natural it shouldnt be legal, but cheyennes war on drugs is "in my opinion" facing the wrong direction. They police would rather take down a hard working individual than all the tweekers who collect social security and welfare. Im not saying that everybody on social security and welfare arent law abbiding but i could bet you that at least 75% of those individuals are getting messed up on some type of drug. Plus if people really knew that mushrooms are detected in a urine sample up to 5 days of consumption, which like maryjane is more days then meth and cocain. U people need to get your facts straight if you want to argue this point. Anybody that has eaten mushrooms responsibly knows the risks and the limits. The only people that have a "bad trip" was also involved with other drugs. "
hey devilman wrote on Dec 26, 2007 11:33 PM:
" I am not sure, but 300 years ago i dont know if there
was even a few million in the world. So Even if it was a small amount of people
smoking pot it may still have been a good percentage. Plus it was legal then.
So they were not called druggies, not until the end of prohibition.
P DIDDY RICE wrote on Dec 26, 2007 6:53 PM:
" Where is the proof that this man is a DRUG DEALER? Maybe if the papers knew this individual they would know not to write about his misfourtunes. Maybe he was more concerned about drug trafficing than growing these MAGIC MUSHROOMS. In all actually the accused is facing 25 years not just 10. The WTE may just have a battle with this one, families are not happy!!!!! "
nancy wrote on Dec 26, 2007 5:53 PM:
" where do you people get your facts. You all are so bored and lonely that anything sounds good. Let the police and the lawyers and judge figure out what is wrong with the justice system. "
i am real wrote on Dec 26, 2007 4:19 PM:
" to "get real" your remarks irritate me...not all people on welfare are lowlife, obese, drug doing and selling people. i will have you know that I, a single mom who (after graduating as a junior and carring a full time job)lived on wel fare while i got me cosmetology license and worked full time. then after recieving my license i worked at fantastic sams for 2 years....all the time i had daycare assistance and help with my rent from the state! i have just finally worked my way up to getting off of all welfare..yep, no more welfare and i was NEVER an obese drug user and probably a better parent than you since all you care about is that a girl on welfare got more gifts for her kids....cry me a river! "
Monroe wrote on Dec 26, 2007 3:02 PM:
" I think everone missed the sarcasm in my statement. HA Ha... The oldest justification in the book got "most" people. "
SC wrote on Dec 26, 2007 10:31 AM:
" well at least someone did their job and the drugs are out of the users hands. Oh wait a minute!! Unless he is an illegal immigrant, then he'll get his hand slapped and a free One-Way plane ticket back to Mexico. "
Outta _Chey_Town wrote on Dec 26, 2007 2:58 AM:
" Gotta so something to liven Cheyenne up! "
double standards/no real justice wrote on Dec 25, 2007 10:03 PM:
" So look at what this kid is facing for manufacturing a controlled substance, and then look at what the dude got for brutally murdering a living breathing animal. This state is clearly confused as to what should take priority. We can cause hate and discontent toward living things and get less of a consequence then if we grow a conrtolled substance in our basement. Way to go leaders of CHEYENNE WYOMING. "
Devilman wrote on Dec 25, 2007 8:06 PM:
" Wait a minute, you are saying that England had a surge in Druggies, and so they sent them America to get rid of them? Where did you get your history from? Marijuana usage in those times was no where NEAR the same as it is now. It's not like it was a bad thing if somebody was on a horse and buggy and under the influence. Try again. Fact is that drugs no matter how inane they seem bring crime to our city. The City and County police need more funds, and should bust these people to get them off our streets and away from our children. "
sombody that cares wrote on Dec 25, 2007 7:37 PM:
" yes ,this kid made a mistake havent we all? oh no wait, i forgot about the all the " holy'er than thou" citizens in the great city of cheyenne , instid of condiming this man for what he did or what the WTE reports he did, remember he has a family that love him and its the holliday's so "happy hollidays" ' "
himmmm... wrote on Dec 25, 2007 7:30 AM:
" 5 Years and and fine too boot. What did the idiot get that killed the woman on Del Range. Nothing...that we know of... 5 years because you can grow something in the dark? Hmmm sounds like our justice system... "
Ralphinphnx wrote on Dec 25, 2007 1:30 AM:
" So was the WTE staff member who wrote this story high on these "shrooms" here maybe or a known user? WTE writing is going down hill just like the City of Cheyenne it appears these days. "
get real wrote on Dec 24, 2007 10:20 PM:
" Want to make a dent in the Cheyenne drug problem? Start in the low income housing developments where the so called poor folk live who happen to drive better wheels than I do as a hard working upper middle class citizen. Each pay day I watch the government raping my pay check in order to feed all of the low life jerks who cant get up off of their obese/drunken butts and get a job. I graduated with a bachelorís degree as a single parent of 3 kids while paying monthly rent $600.00 a month and working. I had no help from family members either. I did it, why can't they? I'll tell you why..because the government would rather supplement those losers and make the rest of us pay for it so that they can continue to breed and pop out more welfare babies. Until this changes, the drugs will continue to be manufactured and sold by those who chose not to "work" an honest job. Here's another taste of reality the salvation army gives out free food and free gifts to these same individuals. I know one girl on welfare whose kids did better than mine one year. "
I like monroe wrote on Dec 24, 2007 10:07 PM:
" If poop, lava and radioactive material made me feel good then the more the merrier. Fortunately, most people know the difference between a really good drug and a toxic material. Good examples, but try again. Secondly, I hardly think that a lazy obese and stumbling drunken town such as this one has much room to judge anyone else's preferences related to self medicating (legal or not). Everyone has the right to enjoy the holidays their own way as long as it doesn't hurt someone else....smokers. Call me stupid, call me what you like but I'm still right. "
to Right on devilman wrote on Dec 24, 2007 2:24 PM:
" That is what England did 1606. They sent all them outlaws that wanted free speech, religion, and guns to the new world. Hoping to get them out of their hair. They smoked pot, grew tobacco and drank grain alcohol. Them druggies founded this country. Ole Georgie and Tommie were not growing hemp to climb Mt. Whitney. Marijuana was legal just a short 80 years ago, And only because the Dept of Prohibition, was about to get 75% of their budget cut. Hoover convinced the Pres. how bad those drugs were and got a 150% increase. The war on drugs is not working. Decriminalize Marijuana and use the police force to catch idiot Cheyenne drivers that run red lights and don't stop at stop signs. "
wyo wrote on Dec 24, 2007 8:26 AM:
" I just can not believe the WTE has a headline that contains the word "shrooms". Very professional. "
Kyle wrote on Dec 23, 2007 7:48 PM:
" Mushrooms are not like crack or heroin. Mushrooms have regained popularity after new books were written regarding their importance in religious history; e.g. that they were the original Catholic communion bread. People who use them often report profound religious experiences, even athiests. It's commonplace for philosophy professors or quantum physicists even to use them, as they can expand the mind almost exponentially. They've been tested to be less toxic to the brain than aspirin, alcohol or marijuana, and are completely non-addictive. They're currently being researched at Johns Hopkins for treating an array of psychiatric disorders, as past research showed them to be effective for catatonic-like depression, ADD, PTSD, mild forms of autism, and possibly even schizophrenia. Also effective for persistent cluster headaches, which might explain the new demand around here. Electroconvulsive therapy has just this year been shown to cause permanent reductions in IQ. Mushrooms can do more than ECT does and without the brain damage. And they have much more potential medical use than marijuana. In reasonable amounts, they are safer than alcohol and can treat various disorders. Any drug can be overdosed and abused. "
person wrote on Dec 23, 2007 7:33 PM:
" something that I think we should all consider is that when we say "drugs" we bunch together ALL illegal drugs and when someone says that they want another person to go to prison for selling "drugs" to another consenting adult we have already forgotten that drugs like marijuana and mushrooms are mostly harmless when used in a responsible fashion. I agree with most of you that this is not a cut and dry issue but the sad truth is that it is easier for your children to get cocaine and meth-amphetamines than alcohol because coke and meth dealers don't card minors. "
Thanks LG wrote on Dec 23, 2007 6:02 PM:
" You have made more sense on here than most of the idiots... "
LG wrote on Dec 23, 2007 5:07 PM:
" Native--would you say these things if it was your kid? Has this individual even been in trouble before, probably not. "
LG wrote on Dec 23, 2007 5:06 PM:
" Where is the proof that this man was selling? It is an assumption that you all are making without even know the facts. They want to give this man as much jail time as someone who has killed someone! Did he sell? I'll bet not. Police can miscontrue anything found in your house. If you have zip locks, you must be bagging up something illegal, right? "
Ralph is right wrote on Dec 23, 2007 2:13 PM:
" If anyone knows about drugs and alcohol abuse, it's Ralph. Anyone else notice that only time Ralph posts is 12 midnight to 1 a.m. after he's had a few too many way too manys. Have another beer Ralph. "
Oregon Resident wrote on Dec 23, 2007 1:55 PM:
" I live in Oregon and those dangerous mushrooms this article is about are legal out here. Well, you may eat them as long as you stay in the area where they are growing while you are under their influence! Yes, out here we really LEAN TO THE LEFT! Some of you need ot watch what you wish for, the war on drugs kills families and ruins innocent lives. Also, the person who thinks Monroe is an idiot, you can't be all that bright to think that they cannot and do not detect mushrooms in a UA. I would not ever ingest mushrooms, however, I don't think that they canbe that horrible if the State of Oregon has legalized them in such a manner. Be thankful for what you have in Wyoming, I miss it immensely! "
native wrote on Dec 23, 2007 7:44 AM:
" Ten years sounds fair to me, if YOUR kids were given drugs are you going to let the dealer walk?? I personally would show WY justice if I EVER have knowledge of anyone giving drugs to me kids. If the town council is heck bent on growing our community, crime can be expected to follow. "
person wrote on Dec 23, 2007 12:32 AM:
" If one were to do the smallest amount of research one would find that mushrooms are indeed rather safe. and possibly one of the safest mind altering drugs available. I would feel safer for my children if drugs were legal because drug dealers would be put out of a job. with no more drug dealers on the street less people would become victims of this horrable war on drugs. i feel nothing but sadness for anyone who is imprisoned for any victimless crime. "
Respectful wrote on Dec 22, 2007 11:42 PM:
" In response to 'Right on devilman' - you are the reason there is still prejudice and racism among the people of the world. Shame on you. "
Right on devilman wrote on Dec 22, 2007 2:41 PM:
" Alcatraz people! Take all of the druggies, minority groups, welfare recipients (cause we all know they're just lazy anyway and they're probably on drugs and they're getting rich off the system), homeless, prostitues, non christians, and women (of course we'll have to keep a few to ensure the survival of the species) and put them on an island and let them fight to the death. With all of us good peole left the U.S.A will be a Utopia! "
Housing complex resident wrote on Dec 22, 2007 12:13 PM:
" I really wish that the police would start doing a better search in the mass housing developements (apartments). The drug problems therein are horrendous. Motels as well should be just plain torn down. Without cheap roadside motels, I am willing to bet that meth related crimes would start to lower. "
Devilman wrote on Dec 22, 2007 10:12 AM:
" All drug users should be put into labor camps. UA's should be mandatory at ALL jobs as well. Drugs put our community (especially the children) at risk. Case in point the Shooting of a child a while back during a drug transaction gone bad. "
Ralphinphnx wrote on Dec 22, 2007 1:17 AM:
" OMG now that will give new meaning to the old "Cheyenne Magic City of the Plains" thing, and yep indeed once again the citizens are still in total denial about the growing drug problems in Cheyenne. No pun intended here folks. So Yep Your Doing A Heck Of A Job Here Police Chief Fecht At Failing To Adequately Address It! Cheers! "
What? wrote on Dec 21, 2007 5:33 PM:
" 9lbs of mushrooms? $28,000? Where are you going to sell that many mushrooms or get that much money in Cheyenne? People who grow mushrooms for food harvest that much in a year. When busting people for growing drugs cops charge people with the aggregate weight, meaning they add up the weight of any materials used to grow the illegal substances like pots, or soil or whatever it is you may use, so I'm guessing that's where they came up with 9lbs and you can't get $28,000 for selling soil. "
Brian wrote on Dec 21, 2007 3:50 PM:
" Were these mushrooms the kind you can buy out of a magazine? Don't they grow in bags? HUH????? "
LG wrote on Dec 21, 2007 3:47 PM:
" Since when did our newspaper become JUDGE, JURY and CONVICTOR?? These things in this story are inconsistent. Where is the word "ALLEGED"? Did the person writing this story even have the facts. How much of that weight was manure? Are we not innocent until PROVEN guilty. You have tainted the reputation of this young man, more than he has done for himself by not reporting the facts completely and sesationalizing for a sale of a paper. I pray you write another story clarifying the true facts of this case. He is a human being, afterall and has a family and it is Christmas. I would say until all the facts are presented and he is found guilty by a jury of his peers no one has the right to convict him in the newspaper. "
madness wrote on Dec 21, 2007 3:09 PM:
" 10 years in prison for mushrooms is madness! "
Cheyenne Girl wrote on Dec 21, 2007 3:03 PM:
" To Alan Born - Regardless this is illegal. And besides anyone from Cheyenne knows how incredibly easy it is to sell 10 ounces or 9 pounds within a weekend here! Take the bliders off! "
??????? wrote on Dec 21, 2007 2:30 PM:
" Were you people born yesterday. Obviously all of you who are saying that because it is a product of nature it is ok. You must be avid users of drugs. Most drugs besides meth are made by nature. However they are still illegal drugs. And for the person who thinks that the Cheyenne cannot spend $28,000 on mushrooms is not aware of the drug epidemic in this community as well as this state. Wake up, I hope to high heaven that you have taught your children better. "
Poor Monroe wrote on Dec 21, 2007 2:25 PM:
" I think what poor Monroe is saying is that those drugs that come from nature are not nearly as dangerous as METH. I bet tobacco and alcohol killed more people this year than mushrooms and cannibas. They are both poisonous lets outlaw them too, and guns too guns kill people. BEWARE STORM TROOPERS ARE EVERYWHERE! Just wait they will come for your weapons, alcohol and tobacco too! "
rg wrote on Dec 21, 2007 11:49 AM:
" Bell said it is possible officers arrived after the mushrooms were grown and bagged (line from the paper). HOW IN THE WORLD COULD THEY HAVE FOUND THE MUSHROOMS IN BAGS IF THEY HADN'T BEEN GROWN AND BAGGED BEFORE THE OFFICERS ARRIVED?????? "
Wow Monroe wrote on Dec 21, 2007 11:21 AM:
" Okay, well nature also makes lava and mercury, why don't you take some of that too? It's stupid comments like that the make young kids think drugs are okay. "
to Monroe wrote on Dec 21, 2007 10:34 AM:
" Your logic is misguided. Poisons are also nature made does that mean you should ingest them? "
? wrote on Dec 21, 2007 9:56 AM:
" i think the war on drugs is a bunch of phoney baloney and that mushrooms aren't all that bad when used properly. but come on monroe "Nature made it it can't be that bad" nature makes cocaine, heroin and many many other horrific toxic substances. I agree with you on new years but statements like that give the schmucks that actually applaud drug busts like this ammunition. "
Cheyenne Girl wrote on Dec 21, 2007 9:47 AM:
" I commend the officers from DCI for this arrest. Just because these mushrooms are natural does not mean they are in any way safe. "
observer2 wrote on Dec 21, 2007 9:35 AM:
" Monroe you are just not brightest crayon in the box. Poop is natural but we don't eat it. Would you want your children to be able to just pick stuff up and eat it. I don't think so.... New Years should be bad he was in possession of a DRUG!!! "
Alan Born wrote on Dec 21, 2007 9:28 AM:
" The article in the newspaper initially claims that there were several ounces, then later claims that there were nine pounds. Even if "several ounces" means say, 10 ounces, that's still only half a pound. What seems likely is that they weighed growing soil and other paraphernalia, which all amounted to nine pounds. This is very different from having nine pounds and $28,000 worth of mushrooms. I'm sure the police/G.I. Joes were happy to let the newspaper blow this man's crime ridiculously out of proportion, but it is irresponsible, sensational, and just plain confused journalism. This is a human being whose life you are debasing, and that is important enough to get your facts straight. Besides, anyone who knows Cheyenne, knows that there is no way anyone could sell $28,000 worth of mushrooms here. But the paper and the police are happy enough to let us believe whatever makes them look like big shots, protecting us from these "evil" people with evil mushrooms. The article is purposefully vague in order to lead us to make unjustified and unfair conclusions, and that is classic yellow journalism. "
Monroe you idiot! wrote on Dec 21, 2007 9:28 AM:
" Nature makes many radioactive materials as well, but you don't go around ingesting those do you? People with that "it's from nature it should be legal" theory need to grow up. There's a point in time where you have to realize your actions while being influenced on drugs do have and effect on other people. I bet a few months ago when a local resident took some mushrooms and ended up dead a few hours later he thought they couldn't do anything bad to him, but just give him that sweet feeling. But I guess that's what you get when you take mushrooms to avoid being caught on your U.A.'s "
Monroe wrote on Dec 21, 2007 8:04 AM:
" I guess new years will be a little less exciting this year. I think if nature made it...it can't be that bad. "