Jul 18, 2012 12:14 AM

Police bust psychedelic mushroom growing op

TUCSON - A big drug bust for Tucson Police. A grow house with an out of the ordinary crop, hallucinogenic mushrooms.

A an 88-crime tip led officers to an apartment, on La Madera Drive on Monday. That's a stones throw from Cragin Elementary.

The man inside refused to come out or let them in. A warrant later allowed investigators to search the place, uncovering an elaborate operation.

Police say this operation was so sophisticated, and so big, it took up the suspect's one bedroom apartment.

Police found mushrooms, chemicals and equipment to grow them. Including nearly 300 mason jars containing "biomass". Essentially it's fuel, that once planted in soil could grow 'tens of pounds' of magic mushrooms.

Shrooms are illegal because of the psychedelic high associated with it. If ingested, mushrooms can bring on panic attacks, and paranoid delusions.

The suspect 41 year old Joshua Bortnick is jailed on one count of manufacturing the drug.

Police say his apartment, where the grow operation was housed is located near Craigin Elementary. All the more reason, police are thankful for that tip to 88-crime.


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