Saskatoon police raid alleged mushroom grow-op
Saskatoon police have made a rare bust on an alleged "magic mushroom" grow operation, resulting in four people being charged.
The raid uncovered an undisclosed quantity of the psychedelic drug psilocybin on Wednesday at a home on the 200 block of Avenue G South on the city's west side, the police said.
Inside, officers discovered approximately 100 jars containing mushrooms in various stages of growth, police said.
The exact amount seized is not yet known and there is no estimate of the value of the drug, police said.
A small amount of marijuana was also found in the home.
Police in Saskatoon routinely raid marijuana grow-ops, but mushroom raids are much less common.
"Something similar to this happened six or seven years ago," police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said. "It's very rare."
Two men, ages 23 and 21, and a woman, 19, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and cultivation of a controlled substance, police said.
A 17-year-old-male at the residence was also charged with one count of possession. The four were expected to make a first appearance in provincial court on Thursday, police said.
Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 12:13 PM CT