Farmington man charged with growing psilocybin mushrooms


FARMINGTON — Police said a local man is charged with growing psilocybin mushrooms at his apartment on Perham Street.

Benjamin German, 21, was given a summons for a felony charge of unlawful trafficking of an illegal drug Monday, Farmington police Sgt. Edward Hastings IV said. The charge was elevated because the growth was within 1,000 feet the W. G. Mallett School.

Hastings and Officer Justin Blais went to German’s apartment after an anonymous tip was received through the Maine State Police tip line, he said.

Psilocybin mushrooms are also known as psychedelic mushrooms or “shrooms.”

“In Maine, when a person grows or manufactures psilocybin mushrooms, they are essentially committing the crime of unlawful trafficking schedule Z drugs,” Hastings said. “Another portion of this investigation revolved around the location where German was conducting his illegal conduct.”

When police arrived at German’s apartment, he let them into his home to discuss the information they received, Hastings said. “He was very forthcoming with information and immediately relinquished his entire growing operation, which did include an active growth of mushrooms.”

A conviction on the charge carries a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000, according to Maine law.

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