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Baylor students indicted for mushroom growing operation, marijuana

mushroom bust wacoA pair of now ex-Baylor students who were arrested earlier this year have been indicted by a grand jury for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver Psilocin, the hallucinogenic compound in mushrooms.

It all began in late March when police went to an apartment near Baylor University campus in Waco to serve a misdemeanor warrant. Upon arrival around 1 a.m. on March 28, sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door. When it was opened they smelled marijuana.

Deputies then searched the apartment and found cannabis, one gram of dried mushrooms, liquid codeine, Ritalin, Ecstasy, a growing system for mushrooms, two handguns and $9,100 in cash. It was not disclosed how much cannabis was found.

The mushroom-growing operation included syringes filled with spores, germinating jars and a plastic growing container with a humidifier.

Captain Shawn Lippe, a member of the task force charged with securing the scene, stated that “this is the first time I’ve ever seen the manufacturing of mushrooms. We’ve learned a lot about this in the last three or four hours.”

Officers then arrested a man at the apartment on the warrant, though it does not appear he was involved with the indictment of Larry Lee Maldonado and Quinton James Porter, both 21, who are reportedly roommates.

Both have posted bond. The apartment was located near a more recent cannabis bust made by police where three men were arrested for over two and a half pounds of marijuana and other items.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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