Hallucinogenic Mushroom Operation Found In Campus-Area Apartment

WACO (March 29, 2013)--McLennan County Sheriff's deputies searched a campus-area apartment Thursday night and recovered a significant amount of drugs, along with cash and weapons.

Deputies seized illegal hallucinogenic mushrooms, high-grade marijuana, liquid codeine and other pills, and uncovered a sophisticated mushroom growing operation.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said deputies went to the apartment late Thursday night near Baylor University to serve a misdemeanor arrest warrant and when they knocked on the door smelled a strong odor of what they believed was marijuana.

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.

The man's identity was not released.

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.

The drugs will be sent a Department of Public Safety crime lab for testing to determine what charges can be levied.

Deputies were searching for another man they believe to be involved.

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, but said one of the two men believed to be involved in the operation is a Baylor student.

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