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Nearly 35 pounds of Psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms baked into about 500 chocolate peanut butter cups were intercepted by Murfreesboro Police vice detectives before being sold at Bonnaroo music festival beginning Thursday in Manchester.

Vice detectives Wednesday raided the Kingwood Drive home of suspect Charles Culver, 22, and located the illegal drug with a street value of $10,000, said police spokesman Kyle Evans.

“We have seen an increase in LSD over the past several years and this is another form or substitute for that drug,” Evans said.

“The affects are hallucinogenic in nature, similar to LSD. They are very dangerous and there have been incidents of people dying the first time they used this drug.”

Origin of the mushrooms is not being disclosed.

“There’s no telling how many lives these detectives have saved by keeping these drugs off the street and they should be commended for an outstanding investigation leading to these arrests,” Evans said.

After a lengthy investigation, vice detectives led by Detectives Jeff Baskette and Merrill Beene obtained a search warrant for 303 W. Kingwood Drive. They served the search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

“We believe Charles Culver is the ringleader of the operation and that he obtained the mushrooms and baked them into chocolate peanut butter cups,” Evans said, adding detectives found the peanut butter cups were being made at the residence.
“We’ve had prior experiences with Charles Culver dealing drugs of a similar nature.”

Besides the peanut butter cups and mushrooms, vice detectives confiscated marijuana, several guns and thousands of dollars in cash.

During interviews, the suspects indicated the drugs were intended to be sold at Bonnaroo for $20 per cup.

Suspects Culver, and roommates James Tyler Segars, 21, and Edgar Chamu, 23, and Culver’s brother, Dane, 19, all of 303 Kingwood Drive, were charged with possession of Schedule I (hallucinogenic) mushrooms for resale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charles Culver, Segars and Chamu were additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs.

The four suspects were charged and booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and released within two hours. A hearing is pending in General Sessions Court.

“This arrest and seizure is a very rare thing, especially for Murfreesboro,” Evans said.
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June 11, 2009 at 10:04am
I'm sorry, but no one is going to die from eating a magic mushroom unless they choke on it. I agree that hard drugs are dangerous and need to be taken off the street, but we cannot lump all drugs together.
June 11, 2009 at 11:15am
I was on the ground laughing at that statement. Everyone who dies at Roo is drunk and usually runs out on the interstate only to get hit.
June 11, 2009 at 4:32pm
I agree, Macgyver. The absolute naivete of that comment borders on the insufferably ignorant. Sadly, some people just don't seem to understand it's possible to have a longer, healthier, happier and more productive life without the ingestion of some form of mind altering chemical. Neither do they seem to understand the inevitable tragedy associated with chemical abuse that can result in their death - or worse, the death of someone else.
June 11, 2009 at 5:36pm
“The affects are hallucinogenic in nature, similar to LSD. They are very dangerous and there have been incidents of people dying the first time they used this drug.”

Printing the blatent lie above is completely irresponsible.

As an adult I realize that some people lie to manipulate people into not doing certain behaviors. The problem with this stategy is that young people are not stupid. They have access to the truth via teachers, libraries, encyclopedias, and nowadays the Internet.

Honesty is indeed the best policy. Lying to kids to get them to not use drugs generally will have the opposite effect.
A good example would be the failed D.A.R.E. program which introduced a generation of chidren to dangerous 'hard' drugs by lying about 'soft' drugs.
June 11, 2009 at 6:06pm
If I were Lisa Marchesoni, I personally would be terribly embarrassed by how the local police are ruining her journalism career by providing her with FALSE INFORMATION based on NO TRUTH what so ever. No one has ever over dosed on psilocybin mushrooms. Nor has anyone died from physiological complications due to their ingestion. So when the police make comments such as this “The affects are hallucinogenic in nature, similar to LSD. They are very dangerous and there have been incidents of people dying the first time they used this drug.” People need to be aware that they are being told false truth based on moral, social and political propaganda against a substance that has been used by indigenous cultures by shamans in mexico for thousands of years. But they are dangerous? Everyone is entitled to not like a substance, personally i don't like alcohol, but im not going to spread false information about slandering it and actually causing more damage than the substance its self. Is recreational drug taking of these mushrooms illegal? Yes, and there for should not be done. However they are NOT dangerous, and anyone that would like to differ, please provide real scientific evidence, and not a quote full of lies from the long heavy and biased arm of the law.
June 11, 2009 at 6:34pm
Not only do mushrooms not kill people, but they actually have numerous beneficial effects. Check out this study that was aired on CNN if you don't believe me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RisxckQlzc.

Lisa Marchesoni should be ashamed of herself for writing this-

“The affects are hallucinogenic in nature, similar to LSD. They are very dangerous and there have been incidents of people dying the first time they used this drug.”
June 11, 2009 at 6:35pm
Like most of the post I've read on here, this story is filled with a lot of bogus facts. And in my opinion, yes anyone can lead a great normal life without drugs or alcohol. But for some people, using a hallucinogen is a therapeutic way of discovering ones self. Some even see it as a religious experience. Most people are against it cause it's labeled a drug and they are afraid of what they don't understand. Please, open you mind and educate yourself.
June 12, 2009 at 9:25am
Psilocybin and its effects include the following: Anxiety and tension develop; there may be light-headedness, mild abdominal pain, nausea, weakness, shivering, and muscle aches. The lips may feel numb.
Onset of visual effects and distortion, development of euphoria and an introspective state; increases in auditory acuity, sweating, tearing, and facial flushing; inability to concentrate; depersonalization; incoordination; tremulous speech; feeling of unreality.
Over a period of 1-2 hours visual effects intensify, greater distortion of perception; alteration of time sense; continued euphoria, rumination and introspection.
These physical effects appear to be due to the stimulation of the nervous system while the motor skills decrease in efficiency.

While it is true the drug itself, like alcohol for example, will not cause death unless taken is massive doses, those deaths related to it are the consequence of actions taken while under the influence of the hallucinogenic effects and loss of motor skill control.

Long term affects have not been adequately studied.

While there is a lot of web-based disinformation about this chemical, most of it pro-user, it is obvious (or should be) to any clear-thinking individual it is a psycho-active substance to be avoided.
June 12, 2009 at 4:44pm
It is a shame to our country, the amount of money spent to eradicate the use of illegal drugs here. When the two most deadly drugs are totally legal. Many are reading this with one in one hand smouldering and one in the other icy cold. How odd eh? I guess they don't consider tobacco and alcohol drugs, although they both about killed me. Argue that! Make all drugs legal and watch crime go away!
June 13, 2009 at 12:00am
This reads like a forum of Obama supporters. They are illegal and against the law, therefore one should not ingest them period.
June 13, 2009 at 9:50am
Still bitter over the election are we Alaskadave?
June 13, 2009 at 10:49am
Hmm can see the picuture now, at least they are using splenda!
June 15, 2009 at 9:32am
Lets make it legal and tax it. (the new democrat motto)
June 15, 2009 at 4:46pm
that is not what he was saying at all, in fact! he was agreeing with MiddleStudent. congrats on your amazing reading comprehension
@SocEtTuem's second post
Explain to me why the (very small) risk of dying due to stupidity makes it "obvious" that is should be avoided? Many things in life are fun, dangerous, and legal. I have a motorcycle, which is far more likely to kill me than mushrooms. Should it be illegal? Just because you feel that the risk isn't worth it _for you_ doesn't mean you have a right to impose your views on others.
They are both illegal AND against the law? OH EM GEE I am reformed! They're illegal because they're illegal because they're illegal. Explain to me how they're more harmful than alcohol? Also, you should probably get used to there being Obama supporters everywhere, especially taking his approval rating into account.
June 17, 2009 at 5:10am
Obviously neither the police or the reporter are familiar with Timothy Leary's (say what you will but he was a PhD psychologist that taught at Harvard) legitimate, scientific experiments with mushrooms on prisoners in his day. The recidivism rate on those prisoners went down a rediculous amount (read: a lot less of the mushroom takers went back to jail than did those who didn't take mushrooms.)In your face pigs. They are illegal because if they were readily available it would break down the system's control over the individual. We can't have people thinking for themselves now, can we? Also, not only were they taken by Mexican shamans but also by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and most other cultures throughout history. Wake up people!
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