Pair Charged With Running Mushroom Lab

By Terrapinzflyer · Feb 12, 2010 · ·
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    Pair Charged With Running Mushroom Lab
    Police Say Lab Found During Apartment Fire

    GROTON, Conn. -- Two former Groton residents have been arrested on charges of running a mushroom lab.

    John McTigue, 26, of Old Lyme, and Kathryn Immohr, 29, of New Milford, were arrested Thursday after an investigation into a lab police said was found at their former Groton apartment.

    Police said the psilocybin mushroom lab was found during a fire in their apartment at the Country Glenn apartment complex in September 2009.

    Police said numerous items were seized from the apartemnt and taht the lab could have produced up to five pounds of psilocybin mushrooms with an estimated street value of $12,500.

    Police said the cultivation of the mushrooms did not cause the fire.

    McTigue and Immohr were charged with possession of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of psilocybin mushrooms and cultivation of a controlled substance.

    February 11, 2010

    They were both released after posting $200,000 bonds.

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    Suspended sentence for man who was growing psychedelic mushrooms

    A 27-year-old man who said he was growing psychedelic mushrooms in his Groton apartment as “an experiment” has been convicted as a felon but will avoid prison time if he complies with the conditions of his probation.

    John M. McTigue pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics with intent to sell. Groton Town police arrested McTigue and his wife, Kathryn Immohr, after crews responding to a fire at their Meridian Street Extension apartment discovered a laboratory McTigue was using to produce psilocybin mushrooms. Police said the lab could have produced up to five pounds of the hallucinogenic fungi commonly known as “magic mushrooms.”

    McTigue said he was growing the mushrooms for personal use, for religious rituals, and to see if they could help alleviate anxiety.

    At his sentencing today in New London Superior Court, prosecutor John P. Gravalec-Pannone said the crime called for some jail time while defense attorney Paul Chinigo argued that McTigue has realized the consequences of his behavior and has a good job.

    Judge Patrick J. Clifford said it was a “close call,” but that he decided to take a chance on McTigue rather than have the state spend $40,000 a year to incarcerate him. Clifford gave McTigue a suspended prison sentence and three years of probation. He ordered McTigue to make a $1,000 charitable contribution within six months, perform 100 hours of community service within 18 months and to remain drug and alcohol free.

    “It sounds like you can be and you have been a productive member of society,” Clifford said. “...If you don’t get it and you’re fooling everybody, you’ll be back here on a violation of probation.”

    Clifford granted McTigue’s wife entry to a drug education program, giving her the opportunity to clear her record if she complies with the program’s conditions.

    By Karen Florin
    Decembber 15, 2010
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