Woman arrested after police find mushroom operation
Police responding to a report of a woman who was unconscious and not breathing on a porch on Madison's Near East Side late Monday found a suspected hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation.
Sgt. Gordy Disch of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force said the woman, Linda Pletzova, fled before officers arrived.
Pletzova, 21, was later arrested and released after being booked at Dane County Jail on tentative charges of maintaining a drug dwelling and possession with intent to deliver psilocin, one of the main psychoactive compounds in hallucinogenic mushrooms.
According to a search warrant filed Wednesday in Dane County Circuit Court:
At about 11:40 p.m. on Monday, police were sent to Pletzova's apartment at 1115 E. Wilson St., where a male told them he had performed CPR on the unconscious woman. As an officer approached the open front door to the residence, he heard a door slam.
During a check of the residence, police found a plate of about 20 suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms, several syringes and other items associated with illegal drug use.
Twenty-three glass canning jars containing bird seed, which is used to start growing hallucinogenic mushrooms, also were found, along with 25 dried mushrooms and 17 jars and other containers with suspected mushroom spores.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 8:25 pm
Wisconsin State Journal