A Lancaster man who allegedly tried to sell edible mushrooms as psychedelic mushrooms in Ephrata Township is behind bars, police said.
Jayson J. Hartman, 20, was interrupted by police before he could sell the mushrooms, Ephrata police Sgt. Philip Snavely said.
Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Spring Glen Drive at 7:36 p.m. on Nov. 8 for a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot, he said.
During a pre-arranged meeting, Hartman was trying to sell three bags of shiitake and porcini mushrooms for a total of $250 to another man in his vehicle, Snavely said.
Officers interrupted the exchange, he said.
An investigation revealed that Hartman had represented the mushrooms as psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms, Snavely said.
"He represented them as a controlled substance," the sergeant said.
Ephrata police on Friday charged Hartman with the felony delivery of a noncontrolled substance, Snavely said.
He was arraigned before District Judge Jene Willwerth and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.
The man buying the mushrooms was not charged because the deal was not completed, Snavely said.
Originally Published Dec 02, 2011 12:20
By RYAN ROBINSON
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