Cave Junction vehicle registration check yields charges for mushrooms, marijuana
JOSEPHINE COUNTY — A vehicle registration investigation led police to a bounty of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana in Cave Junction, leaving a woman in jail on felony drug and child neglect charges.
Police on Wednesday served a search warrant at a home on White Oak Drive in Cave Junction in search of fraudulent vehicle registration documents.
The warrant also turned up a surprise for police in the form of an elaborate psilocybin mushroom growing operation.
Approximately 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms — dried, packaged and ready for sale — along with a loaded handgun, three pounds of marijuana and close to $5,000 in cash were seized at the home.
Police were sent there initially to investigate a Department of Motor Vehicles tip of a possible driver's license forgery case linked to Bonnie J. Burton, 39, of Cave Junction, said OSP Sgt. Steve Mitchell.
"This case really sprung from that investigation," Mitchell said.
Burton was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on two counts of possession of psilocybin mushrooms, two counts of delivery of psilocybin mushrooms, two counts of manufacture of psilocybin mushrooms, two counts of possession of marijuana, two counts of delivery of marijuana, two counts of manufacture of marijuana.
In addition to the drug charges, Burton faces counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree child neglect, four counts of false application for vehicle registration and false swearing for vehicle registration.
The bust led police to a pair of Cave Junction homes on Burch Street in which officers found 372 marijuana plants, scales, packaging, 16 grow lights, packaged marijuana and a car trailer containing an active marijuana garden.
In total, the seized mushrooms have an estimated street value of $40,000. There also were a number of unharvested mushrooms at the grow site. The combined value of the mushrooms and the marijuana at all the locations reached at least $100,000, OSP reported.
Assisting with the search warrants and collection of evidence were detectives from the Medford Area Drug Enforcement Team, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and evidence technicians from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police.
Police anticipate more arrests in this case.
June 05, 2010
By Chris Conrad
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