View attachment 16711 ELGIN -- So some cops walk into a bar ... and bust a guy they say was peddling psychedelic mushrooms.
Police said it happened this week while officers were looking for 32-year-old Ian B. Henning, who had failed to appear in court on a drug charge.
Following up on a tip, police found Henning about 6 p.m. Tuesday sitting inside the Streets of Chicago bar on South McLean Boulevard in Elgin. After arresting Henning, police searched his vehicle parked outside the bar and discovered 4 pounds of Psilocybin mushrooms with an estimated street value of $26,000, plus 83 rounds of Winchester 9 mm bullets and an unattended pit bull, police Sgt. James M. Lullo said.
"Yep, like back from Woodstock -- hallucinogenic mushrooms," Lullo said.
Henning, who lives on Bonnie Lane just west of Elgin, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, police said. He also faces misdemeanor charges of driving on a revoked license and failure to appear in court and pay fines related to several previous traffic and drug charges in Kane County, police said. The controlled substance charge is a Class X felony, with mandatory prison time if convicted.
Henning's bail was set at $100,000 during bond court on Thursday. He is to appear in court again on Sept. 22.
During bond court, Henning asked Kane County Judge Bruce Lester if his bond could be reduced.
Lester replied, "You are a convicted felon, admitting to selling drugs, with live ammo in the car," and promptly denied the request.
At least 10 local law enforcement agencies have had a turn arresting Henning since 1994, including police in Hampshire, Gilberts, East and West Dundee, Carpentersville, Geneva, Elgin and Sugar Grove and the Kane County Sheriff's Department, according to Kane County court records.
Henning's arrest on Tuesday was the product of a joint investigation between the Elgin Police Drug Unit and the Schaumburg Police Tactical Unit, Lullo said.
Mushrooms -- at least the hallucinogenic kind -- apparently are not a common drug in the Elgin area, and the quantity that Henning is accused of possessing is "very high," Lullo added.
Police said they believe Henning collected the mushrooms locally from wild areas in the county and intended to sell them in the Elgin area.
Henning was arrested without incident, and his pet pit bull was placed with a family member, police said.
"It was a nice dog," according to Lullo.
Correspondent Janelle Walker contributed to this report.
By KATIE ANDERSON
September 10, 2010
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Did you hear the one about the guy with magic mushrooms, ammo and a pit bull?