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4/6/2013 9:50:00 PM
Man faces possible charges after psilocybin mushrooms found in home
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

A Prescott man faces possible felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs and child abuse after Prescott Police officers found psilocybin mushrooms growing at his apartment on Friday within reach of his preschool-age son.

The report was forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office to determine whether charges will be filed.

The suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people not yet charged.

When an officer searched the apartment, he found a plastic container with mushrooms growing inside near a bed in the master bedroom. Kids' movies and a few toys were near the container, according to the police report.

On the dresser next to a television set, the report said, the officer found small mushrooms drying on a plastic lid.

The man's wife told the officer that she was opposed to having the mushrooms in the apartment, but her husband could not be talked into getting rid of them.

When the officer asked if she understood the mushrooms were toxic and could kill a child, the woman said she did and had taught her son not to touch the mushrooms.

The man told the officer he took the mushrooms to relieve pain, and became upset when the officer said they would be seized as evidence. When the officer said the mushrooms were not safe to have unsecured from the young boy, the man said his son knew better than to eat the mushrooms, according to the police report.

The man's wife and son left the apartment to stay with other family members, and the man was told charges would be forwarded to the county attorney's office for review.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013
Article comment by: Stick with Peyote

Stick with Peyote. It is still legal in Arizona and treats many of the same symptoms of depression.
Peyote is a sacred rite and those who wish to use this sacred plant should file a notice with the county recorder's office stating they intend to follow the rituals of the Native American Church. This is supposed to make one less attractive to prosecute for use of a sacred plant. All the details are in the Arizona Revised Statutes.


Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: @ Search Warrant

Don't forget this is Yavapai County. We don't need no stinking search warrant...Let the plea bargaining commence...

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: Miker the Biker

The 5 W's who what why when and where...seems the why was left out in this article, eh?

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: Speedy Neutrino

@Search Warrant??

"Anyone? Anyone??"

It all depends on why the police were in the apartment. If they were lawfully inside, and the contraband was in plain sight, no problem.

But this search and seizure may well explain why "Possible charges are pending."


Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: Billy Jack

To: "Search Warrant". There are some instances where police aren't required to obtain a search warrant. I won't bore you with the details. If you want to look them up, they're on the internet.

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: Give The Man A Break!

Today's London Guardian has a news piece about the difficulty a British researcher has been having testing psilocybin for severe depression.

BTW, when you are THAT depressed, you aren't able to focus and maintain good judgment. That common consequence of depression or pain could cause the man's obliviousness to the potential dangers to his young son. So stop criminalizing medical problems!!! And stop breaking down our society and families by making criminals out of people who are desperate and suffering from serious medical problems.

Depression is frequently associated with pain, either causing it or resulting from it. Perhaps if Big Pharma didn't have a lock on Big Profits, researchers could develop cheap and effective ways to deal with the EPIDEMIC of depression and pain in our country. But then how could we fill the profitable private prisons?

Big Pharma won't allow anything that threatens their profits, and they have a multitude of lobbyists to 'influence' (bribe) our legislators to keep criminalizing the cheaper competition, such as marijuana which is misclassified as a dangerous and criminal Schedule 1 drug. I know who the real criminals are, and they wear pinstripe suits.

Big Pharma only lets up when THEY can get a patent on their own synthetic version with all the harmful side effects that they hide, and when THEY feel the market demand is worth the bother for THEIR profits. Oh, the joys of Cutthroat Capitalism.

Please take the time to read 'Magic mushrooms' psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/07/magic-mushrooms-treat-depression


Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Article comment by: Search Warrant??

Anyone? Anyone??



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