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  1. jon-q
    Apparently the mushrooms that a 21-year old Manchester man were growing in his apartment were a little too wild.

    Colton Perznaowski, 21, of 94 East Middle Tpke., was arrested Wednesday after officers from the East Central Narcotics Task force obtained a search warrant to search his residence and found a psychedelic mushroom growing operation set up in Perznaowski’s bedroom.

    According to police, spores, lights and seven different actively growing varieties of hallucinogenic mushroom cakes were seized at Perznaowski’s residence, along with a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

    Perznaowski was charged with possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drugs within 1,500 feet of school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 of a school. He was held on a $75,000 bond.

    The East Central Narcotics Task Force, in cooperation with other municipal, and federal law enforcement agencies, is interested in stopping illegal narcotics sales and use in the Manchester, South Windsor, Vernon, and Glastonbury communities. Anyone with information pertaining to any illicit drug activity is asked to contact the East Central Narcotics Task Force.

    David Moran
    Manchester Patch 27th Oct 2011



  1. mersann
    Well, I know the UK are even more crazy than other Central and Western European countries, when it comes to legal issues, but erh - why would it matter whether there is a school within 1500 feet, if he did this in his apartment?

    If he had been dealing close to a school, outside, okay, I'd understand there might be a problem, but growing mushrooms inside one's apartment? What the hell...

    Okay it says "possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 [feet] of a school" (although I wonder how they know), but the rest? What the hell...

    I also find it interesting that newspapers are allowed to release pictures and full names and addresses over there. It's crazy.
  2. jon-q
    I believe The Manchester that’s mentioned in the article is the one in the state of Connecticut (USA)

    Here’s a little about drug free zones.

    In many states there are special penalties reserved for those people accused of possessing drugs near a school or even a playground. In some areas they’ve become known as “Drug Free Zones” and to be caught with drugs in an area like this can often mean the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge.

    While drug-free zones were originally created to protect children from drug dealers and prevent them from bringing drugs onto school property themselves, the laws have shown little to no deterrent effect. But despite the goals of these laws not being met, these laws stay on the books, and prosecutors love to use the more serious charges as leverage, in situations where the drug possession arrest had no connection to the school or drug free zone.

    The drug-free zone laws vary widely from state to state, but all of them put a restricted area around schools where higher penalties await those accused of drug crimes. Others include playgrounds, parks, and public housing projects within the zone.

    Some states have specific, stand-alone laws regarding drug crimes in a drug free zone, most are applied to the existing drug laws as a sentencing enhancement. Just how severe your penalty is, depends on the specific state laws, and how the incident is charged.

    Because of the far reach of these zones, there are many cities that are blanketed with restricted areas, making it nearly impossible to step outside of a drug free zone. This is particularly true in densely populated urban neighborhoods where hundreds of families can stay in a single city block.

    If somebody who knows more about these laws could add some more information, this would be appreciated.

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