ST. GEORGE – Two St. George residents were arrested Friday afternoon in connection with the alleged possession, manufacture and intent to sell illegal mushrooms, discovered by sheriff’s deputies Friday morning.
As reported by St. George News Friday, members of the Washington County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, were called to an apartment complex in the area of 2900 East and 450 North, where Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies had discovered suspected marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, also known as psychedelic mushrooms.
The sheriff’s deputies originally went to the residence to serve papers, St. George Police Capt. Kyle Whitehead said. However, once the door was opened, deputies could smell the odor of suspected marijuana coming from within the apartment.
Answering the door was Nicole Cassidy, 19, who was detained by deputies while a warrant was obtained to search the apartment, Whitehead said. While the deputies were detaining other individuals within the apartment, they encountered Coby Curtis, 20, who was trying to conceal or destroy substances suspected to be marijuana and illegal mushrooms by flushing them down the toilet, he said.
While searching the apartments, “numerous items of cultivation paraphernalia were found,” according to a probable cause statement written by Washington County Drug Task Force Detective Nick Hallman.
The task force was called in to conduct a lab/cultivation investigation following the discovery.
“During the search of the home, several large Tupperware tubs and terrarium style containers were located with what was identified as psilocybin mushrooms in various stages of growth. A large amount of dried and pre-packaged mushrooms were also located,” Hallman wrote. “It was determined that the individuals in the home were actively producing the psilocybin mushrooms.”
The search also produced three large knives and brass knuckles found in Curtis’ room.
Several glass jars containing suspected marijuana were also found along with a digital scale and other alleged drug paraphernalia.
Both Cassidy and Curtis allegedly admitted that the substances found in the apartment were marijuana and illegal mushrooms.
Curtis was charged with three felonies related to knowingly dispensing/manufacturing a controlled substance, drug possession with intent to distribute, and obstruction of justice. He was also charged with two felonies for unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon and drug possession.
Cassidy was charged with two felonies related to knowingly dispensing/manufacturing a controlled substance and drug possession with intent to distribute. She was also charged with a misdemeanor for drug possession.
The charges were enhanced due to the apartment being within 1,000 feet of Pine View High School, which constitutes a drug-free zone, Whitehead said.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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