CrimeTracker 15: Arena Man Arrested Over Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Posted Monday, March 12, 2012 --- 2:41 p.m.

Press Release from the Arena Police Department:

On Friday, March 9, 2012 at approximately 10:35am, Officers from the Arena Police Department, Arena Police Department K-9 Unit and members of the Iowa/Grant Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 374 Oak Street in the Village of Arena. During the course of the investigation, Officers discovered an elaborate setup designed for growing psilocybin mushrooms as well as nearly a pound of psilocybin mushrooms with an estimated street value of more than $4,000.

Besides psilocybin mushrooms, police seized a large amount of equipment used for the manufacturing of the mushrooms, along with other illegal drugs and drug related paraphernalia.

The resident, Dustin J. Thomas, 29 years old, was arrested at the scene for manufacturing psilocybin mushrooms and possession with intent to deliver psilocybin mushrooms. Thomas remains in the Iowa County Jail pending a bond hearing. Officers said more charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Psilocybin mushrooms are a hallucinogenic substance and under the Controlled Substance Act, is a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs, which include heroin and LSD, have a high potential for abuse and serve no legitimate medical purpose in the United States. The psychological consequences of psilocybin use include hallucinations and the inability to discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and psychosis also may occur, particularly if a user ingests a large dose.

Officer Stroik, K-9 Handler for the Arena Police Department, says that the investigation is still ongoing . Officers expect more changes to be filed with the Iowa County District Attorney's Office.

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