Man faces charges of growing mushrooms
VALPARAISO -- A March 17 traffic stop led police to a man who allegedly has been growing and selling psychedelic mushrooms.
Bradley Adrian Putnam, 24, has been charged with felony dealing in psilocybin and felony manufacturing a controlled substance.
He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of the dealing charge, the more serious felony.
Police arrested him Monday, one day after police stopped a vehicle on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso. A passenger in the car identified Putnam as a mushroom dealer.
When police arrived, Putnam invited them in and denied selling or growing the mushrooms; however, an officer noticed a plate of mushrooms on the table, drying under an oscillating fan.
They found seven plastic totes with mushrooms growing in various stages and several jars of spores.
He allegedly told police he was doing it to make money.
He is being held in Porter County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Police also arrested the man driving the vehicle they had pulled over, Kevin D. Johnson, 20, of DeMotte.
He has been charged with felony possession of marijuana in excess of 30 grams, felony possession of a controlled substance (three psilocybin mushrooms) and false informing for giving the name of his brother when police pulled them over.
Johnson was released on $8,500 bond Wednesday.
Police found the drugs using a drug-sniffing dog. The marijuana was under the back seat and the mushrooms were stuffed in a bag of diapers, police said.
Another man, a woman and an infant boy were also in the car, but no one else has been charged.
March 21, 2009
By James D. Wolf Jr.
Pic from phungushead