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Cave Junction vehicle registration check yields charges for mushrooms, marijuana

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    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
    Mail Tribune


    http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100605/NEWS/6050315

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  1. godztear
    Damn, I wonder if they could think up any more charges. Shit sounds like Noah's ark, 2 of each.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    for a little background here- this area of southern Oregon has been a hippy stronghold for decades. Just north of CA and very forested and remote. It has long been known to both federal and local law enforcement as a stronghold of LSD, mushroom and marijuana production and distribution. It is a very tight knit area, everyone knows everyone, or knows people you know, or knows your family- the subculture goes back decades and it is a region they've had a very hard time infiltrating.
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    Sophisticated psilocybin mushroom bust

    An extended multi-agency investigation led to search warrants being served at three southern Oregon locations and the seizure of two sophisticated psilocybin mushroom growing operations and a large indoor marijuana growing operation.

    According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team and Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team conducted a joint investigation into the Unlawful Distribution of Psilocybin Mushrooms in the southern Oregon area. "Collaboration between interagency drug teams and excellent detective work was paramount in the success of this investigation," said Johnson.

    In all over 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, two sophisticated psilocybin mushroom growing operations, 372 marijuana plants, a large indoor marijuana growing operation, a loaded handgun, over $5000 US Currency, and other items of evidentiary value were seized resulting from a multi-county narcotic investigation. One person was arrested and additional arrests are pending in the ongoing investigation involving federal, state and local investigators.

    On June 2, 2010, RADE executed a search warrant at a location in the 100 block of White Oak Drive, Cave Junction, OR. Located were items associated with False Application for Vehicle Registration. The following items were seized at this location:

    -50 pounds of processed and packaged psilocybin mushrooms -A loaded handgun, -Approximately 3 pounds of marijuana bud -Approximately $5000 US Currency -An elaborate indoor psilocybin mushroom growing operation

    Arrested at the White Oak Drive location was BONNIE J. BURTON, age 39, from Cave Junction. BURTON was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the listed charges:

    2 Counts-Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
    2 Counts-Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana
    2 Counts-Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana
    2 Counts-Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms
    2 Counts-Unlawful Manufacture of Mushrooms
    2 Counts-Unlawful Delivery of Mushrooms
    2 Counts-Endangering Welfare of a Minor
    2 Counts-Child Neglect I
    4 Counts-False Application for Vehicle Registration and False Swearing for Vehicle Registration
    1 Count-Adult Using a Minor in the Commission of a Controlled Substance Offense

    Information developed at the residence led to an additional search warrant for the property, as well as for two other locations. The two other search warrant locations were in the 200 block of Burch St, Cave Junction. At these locations investigators seized a large indoor marijuana growing operation and another sophisticated mushroom growing operation. Investigators seized the following evidence at the locations on Burch Street:

    -372 marijuana plants
    -scales
    -packaging material
    -16 grow lights
    -packaged marijuana
    -a car trailer (which contained an active marijuana growing operation) -psilocybin mushrooms

    In total the seized psilocybin mushrooms have an estimated value of approximately $40,000 with an undetermined value on the un-harvested mushrooms. The total value potential from both of these growing operations is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Assisting in the execution of the search warrants and collection of evidence were detectives from MADGE, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and evidence technicians from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police.


    The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.


    Monday, 07 June 2010 08:57

    http://urindependent.com/index.php?...ocybin-mushroom-bust&catid=13:local&Itemid=35
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