New Hanover sheriff's office makes mega mushroom bust
Wilmington | Thirteen pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms with an estimated street value of $119,000 and 12 and a half pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $40,000 was seized by members of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics in a weekend drug bust.
Sheriff Ed McMahon said it was the largest mushroom bust in memory in New Hanover County.
Two people face multiple drug charges after the late Friday into early Saturday bust at 2307 Mimosa Place in Wilmington, the sheriff's office said.
Joshua Ryan Durrett, 31, of the Mimosa Place address is charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell and deliver mushrooms, the sheriff's office said. Durrett is in the New Hanover County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Jennifer Lynn Chambers, 26, also of the Mimosa Place address, is charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana in addition to the charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver mushrooms, the sheriff's office said. Chambers is in the New Hanover County jail lieu of $75,000 secured bond.
In addition to the drugs, a pistol and cash was seized during the raid, the sheriff's office said.
McMahon said the mushrooms, which contain the hallucinogenic substance psilocybin, was dried and packaged in small grocery bags.
He described the operation as a major dealer of mushrooms and marijuana that went beyond New Hanover County.
The investigation into the operation involved the New Hanover and Buncombe counties' sheriff's offices and the Raleigh Police Department.
By David Reynolds
Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.
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