CEDAR CITY — The Cedar City Police Department arrested a local man this week after allegedly finding a clandestine laboratory used to cultivate hallucinogenic mushrooms in his apartment.
According to court documents, authorities arrested Joshua Stephen Silard, 19, for cultivation of mushrooms and possession of mushrooms with intent to distribute, both second-degree felonies; and two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.
Certain mushrooms can be used recreationally for their hallucinogenic effects. Often called “magic mushrooms,” they contain psychedelic compounds such as psilocybin, psilocin, or muscimol, depending on the variety.
Silard’s arrest followed a search of his apartment that began after he allegedly gave police permission to search his room. Once inside his room, Silard reportedly gave the officers illegal drugs and paraphernalia including a jar of marijuana along with a bong and pipe used to smoke it.
During the search of Silard’s dresser drawers, court records show officers located “a big baggy” filled with dried mushrooms consistent with what officers said they believed was a controlled substance. A scale was also allegedly found in the same place.
In the court record, the arresting officer wrote, “based on my training and experience the amount of mushrooms found is more than for personal use.”
At that point, Silard told officers they would need a warrant to continue the search.
After securing a warrant, officers continued searching Silard’s room and subsequently found a syringe with a liquid inside. Court documents state the suspect admitted the substance was “spores.”
Upon a further search, officers reportedly found a plastic bin with fertilizer in the bottom of it along with two additional bags of fertilizer.
Silard allegedly agreed to allow the officers to look at his cell phone and camera where they observed several photos of mushrooms being grown inside the plastic bin they had located in the suspect’s room.
In addition to finding more paraphernalia, the officers allegedly located a website on Silard’s phone identified as “Shroomery.com” that provides instructions on how to grow psychedelic mushrooms. Silard had reportedly accessed the site several times.
Court documents state Silard admitted to growing mushrooms.
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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