WACO (September 12, 2013)-Two former Baylor University students are named in indictments charging possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Larry Lee Maldonado, II, 21, and Quinton James Porter, 21, were arrested April 25 after McLennan County Sheriff's deputies raided a house near the Baylor campus in March and discovered what they called a sophisticated hallucinogenic mushroom farming operation.
Both men have posted bond and been released from custody.
McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said Maldonado and Porter were arrested on warrants issued in connection with the March 28 discovery.
Sheriff's office Capt. Shawn Lippe, in a news release issued at the time of the arrests, said Porter and Maldonado were roommates.
Deputies went to the apartment late March 28 night to serve a misdemeanor arrest warrant and when they knocked on the door smelled a strong odor of what they believed was marijuana, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.
Deputies at the scene requested help from the department's Organized Crime Unit, secured the scene and arrested one man who was at the apartment on the misdemeanor warrant.
OCU deputies obtained a search warrant and began an inventory of items found inside the apartment, which included high-grade marijuana, mushrooms, liquid codeine, pills believed to be Ecstasy, a growing system for mushrooms, $9,100 in U.S. currency, a loaded .40-caliber handgun and a loaded MAC 10 semi-automatic pistol.
McNamara said deputies believe the operation was targeting Baylor students for distribution.
One OCU deputy told News 10 this is the first time he has encountered a mushroom growing operation.
Authorities wouldn't disclose the exact location of the apartment.