Police Bust 'Magic Mushroom' Manufacturing Setup
The following information was supplied by the Stow Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
A woman’s phone call to Stow Police about possible domestic violence at an apartment in the 4100 block of Darrow Road ended with officers busting up a psilocybin mushroom manufacturing setup.
A 23-year-old female resident of the apartment called police at 5:21 p.m. Sept. 18 to report a case of domestic violence. While investigating, police discovered the manufacture of psilocybin mushrooms in the apartment.
According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration fact sheet, psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms. Common street names for the drug are magic mushrooms and shrooms.
Among the many items confiscated from the apartment were a Rubbermaid container of mushrooms; a coffee mug, glass bowl and 11 glass jars containing mushroom spores; a bag of Sta-Green vermiculite; six needles; latex gloves and a face-mask respirator.
The confiscated items were located in the refrigerator, a hall closet and in two rooms of the apartment.
Police noted on their incident report that illegal manufacture of drugs is a second-degree felony.
Psilocybin is a Schedule I substance under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs are deemed to have a high potential for abuse and are not recognized for medical use.