Man charged with growing mushrooms

WINTHROP — One man was arrested and others are expected to be charged in a case in which police found psilocybin mushrooms and LSD during a search of a Route 133 home.

Lawrence Cook, 46, was arrested after drug agents found a mushroom-growing operation inside his house, police said. Cook was not home when they conducted the raid, but his two children were. The arrest followed a months-long investigation, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials.

After his home was searched, Cook was found at the district court in Augusta where he had gone to resolve an unrelated matter. He was charged with aggravated drug trafficking and taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta where he was being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Psilocybin mushrooms, colloquially known as "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," produce mind-altering effects that often include hallucinations. Drug officials say the effects of the mushrooms are unpredictable and can cause an unpleasant or dangerous experience for the user.

The investigation, also involving Winthrop and Waterville police, is continuing and more arrests are expected, according to the MDEA.

In late June, drug agents and police arrested another person when investigators found mushrooms, 18 pounds of marijuana, cash and weapons at a Soper Road home in Winthrop, police said.

Police did not say whether that bust is related to the raid at Cook's home.


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Glenn Aho's picture

The Founding fathers did not

The Founding fathers did not establish this great nation for it to become a country of unjust laws. However, we as citizens are to blame because we want government to solve all our problems so we deserve what we get as a result. Big government is never the answer nor are laws that infringe on civil & constitutional rights. Your statement that the law is the law runs along the same lines as I was just following orders and we all know how well that went over at Nuremberg. It is our duty as Americans to fight unjust laws and not just blindly accept them. If you feel otherwise then I suggest you relocate.

Glenn Aho's picture

The war on drugs is an utter

The war on drugs is an utter failure and should be ended at once! Whether or not any of use condone the use of drugs is not the issue. The issue is our government telling us
what we can and can't do. In a free country (I know America is no longer a free nation but is supposed to be) we have the right to do what we want so long as it does not hurt other and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms hurt no one! Despite what the propaganda that has been fed to us says, no one has died from the use of Psilocybin mushrooms and they do not lead to dependency or addiction.

The war on drugs is a war on our civil liberties, and on our tax dollars. Billions are spent investigating and convicting everyday citizens who are not dangerous to society and as a result their lives are ruined. Money that would be better spent on education, healthcare, and the environment. America imprisons more people than any other country on the planet;How in America which sports the creed of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness can this be?

Wake up! We are in deep trouble as a nation, and as a society. Unless we return to our constitutional roots this great experiment in freedom and liberty will be lost.


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