For the second time in seven months, the Burns Police arrested the same man for growing psychedelic mushrooms in his home off Lime Kiln Road.
The suspect, Caleb Bishop, 21, was arrested March 26 and charged with manufacture and possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The most recent stash – about two dozen of the psychedelic mushrooms – was larger than the amount Bishop was arrested for Sept. 3 on the same charges.
The mushrooms are a Schedule I drug in Tennessee, the highest tier of prohibited drugs.
Burns Police Officer Tase Sturgill was the arresting officer in both instances.
Officers searched Bishop’s home on an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana on March 26, Sturgill said. They found the stash of mushrooms growing in mason jars inside a large plastic storage bin.
Bishop pleaded guilty on Wednesday, and will serve his two 8-year sentences concurrently, said Burns Police Chief Bryan Johnson.
In September, Johnson said he's never heard of mushrooms being grown in Burns in this manner.
“You don't come across that very often, especially not in Burns,” he said.
By D. Frank Smith
April 8, 2010
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