A search warrant was executed and two Blowing Rock residents arrested following the undercover purchase of just over two ounces of psilocybin mushrooms.
On Dec. 8 the Watauga County Sheriff's Office special operations division served a search warrant at 3172 U.S. 321, Apt. A. During the search, 57.9 grams of psilocybin mushrooms were discovered in addition to DMT (dimethletryptamine).
DMT is a controlled substance chemically created that produces a psychedelic effect when ingested.
Several mason jars containing a bi-layer liquid were seized. The surrounding apartments were evacuated upon discovery of the DMT laboratory due to the volatile chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in processing the lab and to assist with the contamination caused from the disposal of hazardous materials. Police allege the occupants of the apartment dumped the chemicals into the surrounding environment.
A second drug, mescaline, was also found in the apartment in addition to paraphernalia used in the manufacturing process to chemically synthesize the substance.
Maxwell James Wieland, 20, was charged with manufacturing DMT, manufacturing mescaline, manufacturing psilocybin mushrooms, possession of precursor chemicals, conspiracy to manufacture DMT, felony destruction of evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Blake William Patterson, 19, was charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and/or deliver schedule I (psilocybin mushrooms), manufacturing DMT, manufacturing psilocybin mushrooms, conspiracy to manufacture DMT, felony destruction of evidence, maintaining a dwelling for the purposes related to a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both are scheduled to appear in district court on Dec. 22.
WCSO says the investigation ongoing and more arrests are expected.
By: Melanie Marshall
December 17, 2009
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