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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Police say Portage man was growing psilocybin mushrooms


    A Portage resident was arrested Saturday on a charge of manufacturing a Schedule I substance after Portage Police said that he had established a psychedelic mushroom growing operation in his home.

    Nicholas Thewes, 21, of 1261 Camelot Manor in the Camelot Estates Mobile Home Park, was being held on no bond, police said. Manufacturing a Schedule I substance is a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.

    According to police, the PPD’s STOP IT Team was dispatched to Thewes’ residence in response to a report of an unknown odor coming from his home. Thewes declined to provide the officers with any information, police said, but on obtaining a search warrant they observed protective suits and a room covered completely in plastic.

    At that point, police said, the officers evacuated the residence in the belief that they had possibly uncovered a methamphetamine lab. The Indiana State Police’s Clandestine Lab Team was subsequently dispatched to Thewes’ home to assist in the investigation.

    “Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the residence did not contain a methamphetamine lab but contained a psilocybin mushroom growing operation,” police said. “Officers found and confiscated 400 Mason jars containing mushrooms and mushroom-growing materials and an AK-47 rifle.”

    “It is unknown how long Mr. Thewes has lived at the residence or how long ago he started his growing operation,” police added. “Police believe he just got the growing operation up and running. The value of the mushrooms or the materials is unknown. Mr. Thewes does not have a criminal history with the police.”
     

    Posted 11/3/2009

    http://www.chestertontribune.com/PoliceFireEmergency/1131 police_say_portage_man_was_growi.htm

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    Mushroom operation snuffed out
    Portage man, 21, facing felony, could get 20 years


    PORTAGE -- Police arrested a man they allege was in the process of starting a major psychedelic mushroom growing operation out of his mobile home.

    Nicholas Allan Thewes, 21, has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, a felony that could get him up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted.

    "There was a very small amount of mushrooms because we caught this guy at the beginning," Cpl. Chris Kobitz of Portage's Stop Team.

    When officers searched the home on Saturday, they found about a half-dozen mushrooms were drying on a tote, Kobitz said.

    They also found almost 400 Mason jars with rye berries, the grain used to grow the mushrooms, in the home.

    The mushrooms in the jars were in multiple stages of growth in the two bedrooms.

    Police also found nine syringes with spore residue, Internet print-outs of psilocybin growing instructions and an AK-47 rifle under a bed.

    Thewes was using his living room as a study and sleeping area.

    Kobitz said police had Thewes' home under surveillance for months because neighbors reported suspicious activities, but officers never saw anything they could investigate.

    About 11:45 a.m. Saturday, police went to the home because of reports of a strange smell.

    Thewes said it came from dead snakes in his garbage and refused to let officers come in, court documents state.

    He then said he had a small amount of marijuana and didn't want them coming in, but after officers discovered he was wanted on a warrant out of Lake County, he also admitted to having the gun under the bed.

    Thewes is being held in Porter County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.


    BY JAMES D. WOLF JR., POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT


    http://www.post-trib.com/news/porter/1865491,pcmushroom1105.article
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