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Police bust Mansfield family growing pot and cooking up hallucinogenic mushrooms

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    Police bust Mansfield family growing pot and cooking up hallucinogenic mushrooms

    It was a family affair for one Mansfield [Conneticut] clan as four members of the Richard family, living at 1901 Storrs Road were arrested Thursday for operating an indoor marijuana-growing operation and mushroom lab.

    Members of the East Field Office of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force - with assistance from the Mansfield Resident Troopers Office - executed a search warrant Thursday and netted four arrests. (Resident state troopers in Mansfield are from state police Troop C in Tolland.)

    According to police, a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation and a lab for the hallucinogen psilocybin mushroom were discovered in the home.
    During Thursday’s search, police seized approximately 30 marijuana plants - at various stages of cultivation - an undisclosed amount of marijuana, hundreds of hallucinogenic mushroom spores, an undisclosed amount of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and numerous chemical components and materials used in the cultivation process of those drugs.

    State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said today that the arrest of an entire family for a drug operation wasn’t something that happens everyday. “It is unusual, there’s no question,” he said.

    He added that Thursday’s arrests were the result of “good police work.”
    Vance said police always try to follow leads quickly so they are able to halt drug operations, especially when they are so close to the University of Connecticut and E.O. Smith High School. “There’s always concern,” he said.


    The following were arrested during the search:

    Judy Richard, 48, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. Her bond was set at $25,000.

    Justin Richard, 28, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.

    Brandon Richard, 17, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.
    Benjamin Richard, 22, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.

    All four were scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court this morning

    by: Caitlin M. Dineen | Staff Writer Friday, March 12th, 2010
    Posted March 12, 2010, edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

    http://mansfield.htnp.com/2010/03/1...-pot-and-cooking-up-hallucinogenic-mushrooms/

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