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New Fanaticus Article w/LINK (A little's new)
    #1329900 - 02/23/03 10:40 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Edit***** http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134640244_mushroom24m0.html
Since it's posted via the internet, the newspaper probably post timed it to 12 am on the 24th by a couple hours just to get the article identified w/ the 24'th's news....that's a guess that makes sense, but the link shows the article's legit.


Monday, February 24, 2003 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

Mushroom business lands 4 in trouble

By Peyton Whitely
Seattle Times staff reporter

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In a way, it seems so '60s.

After all, aren't magic mushrooms a hippie thing of the past, long since pushed aside by cocaine, crank and meth?

Apparently not.

Last week, four people from the tiny town of Amanda Park in Grays Harbor County were charged with conspiring to sell, not mushrooms, but mushroom spores.

The four defendants indicted by a federal grand jury are Robert W. McPherson, Steven Coggin, Judy Kreigh and McPherson's wife, Margaret McPherson.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Whalley said it's not illegal to sell mushroom spores alone, but selling them with the purpose of producing hallucinogenic mushrooms is illegal.

The investigation goes back to 1999, when law-enforcement agencies in Washington and elsewhere in the country started getting complaints about the Amanda Park mushroom-spore shipments. The spore businesses themselves date back years before that. The Amanda Park business once operated from an address on East Pike Street in Seattle, according to a publication in the Netherlands.

While getting high on hallucinogenic mushrooms saw its heyday in the 1960s, techniques for cultivating the mushrooms began in the late 1970s.

The mushroom-growing techniques are widely advertised and described on dozens of Internet sites and in ads in High Times, a drug-culture magazine.

The conspiracy charges stem from what federal agents say is a business selling mushroom spores that McPherson operated under the name Psylocybe Fanaticus. One of Robert McPherson's Amanda Park neighbors, who began feeding his cats after his arrest, said the mail-order business wasn't much of a secret around there. "They had a lot of mail business. It's a small town," said the neighbor, who declined to be named.

The neighbor described McPherson as a gifted jazz musician in his mid-50s, bright and smart:

"They've been great neighbors, really nice people. They've been awesome with my kids, helping with fund-raising and everything."

Someone writing under the name of Psylocybe Fanaticus in 1996 gave an extensive description of the spore business to Soft Secrets, a Dutch publication catering to the mushroom trade. The Psylocybe Fanaticus business address listed in the magazine was in the 1200 block of East Pike Street in Seattle.

Various Psylocybe Fanaticus articles and publications describe a growing process in which mushroom spores are purchased in a syringe, which is then used to cultivate various species of mushrooms in a soil base.

In one article, Psylocybe Fanaticus said that people interested in growing the mushrooms could fly under police radar by selling just syringes and the spores, neither of which are illegal.

"That is not against the law, because spores contain no prohibited substances. By doing so, I have also more time for hobbies like jamming and smoking fine herb," Psylocybe Fanaticus said.

According to the federal charges, hundreds of mushroom-grow kits were sent out from Amanda Park, Whalley said.

The investigation was prompted by calls from concerned parents around the country whose children had received packages from Psylocybe Fanaticus. The packages contained syringes and instructions on how to grow hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to Daniel Mancano, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent. Parents were even calling telephone numbers at the National Park Service, apparently because Amanda Park is near Olympic National Park.

Through its Internet site and through ads in High Times, the mushroom-business operators described how the spores could be used to grow magic mushrooms, which contain psilocybin and psilocyn, both of which are illegal to possess, according to the indictment. Kits were advertised for $30 each.

"I have not identified any reason why customers would buy spores for so much money unless they would produce a mushroom that was hallucinogenic," said Mancano.

Years of on-and-off investigation followed, with agents doing periodic surveillance of McPherson's house on North Shore Drive in Amanda Park and at the Amanda Park post office and other locations.

Agents bought spore supplies from the business and tracked shipments sent from Amanda Park. On Feb. 3, for example, investigators reported seeing Kreigh go to the Amanda Park post office with mail "tubs" containing about 100 packages to be shipped, according to the charges.

Last Tuesday, agents served search warrants at the North Shore Road house and found a mushroom-growing operation and live mushrooms, according to the charges.

A second search warrant was served at Coggin's house in Neilton, about five miles south of Amanda Park, and more syringes and other mushroom-growing equipment were found.

At an initial appearance, McPherson estimated he was making $30,000 a month shipping the mushroom spores.

Peyton Whitely: 206-464-2259 or pwhitely@seattletimes.com



Copyright ? 2003 The Seattle Times Company


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: ShrewDigsby]
    #1330166 - 02/24/03 02:32 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

"Last Tuesday, agents served search warrants at the North Shore Road house and found a mushroom-growing operation and live mushrooms, according to the charges."

Lets all hope that this part isn't true. I don't see why they would grow any considering the circumstances. Maybe they found edible or medicinal mushrooms growing and they just "assumed" that they were hallucinogenic. We'll see....


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: ShrewDigsby]
    #1330556 - 02/24/03 06:00 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

How can this be true?

It ios now only (. am here in Seattle, the Pacific Coast yet the time of the article says:

"Monday, February 24, 2003 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific."

What gives.

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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1330587 - 02/24/03 06:16 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah were is the link to the story?


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: MicronMagick]
    #1332931 - 02/25/03 12:34 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

He has edited his post to include this link.


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: Jammer]
    #1333475 - 02/25/03 07:11 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

so what do you think is gonna happen to pf?


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: c0ma]
    #1333999 - 02/25/03 10:19 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: c0ma]
    #1335896 - 02/25/03 08:05 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I think that the charges of them conspiring to sell stuff to produce ileagles drugs WILL stick! I feel these guys will be locked up for a long time.

In the mean time it would not surprise me for the PF site to stay up and running for the dea to gather a list of customers. Based on what happened to indoor weed growers during operation green merchant (late 80's early 90's) the mail order purchases of HPS grow lights and hydroponics sold in High Times Mag resulted in a UPS compiled list that in turn lead to search warrants.

I fear the worst here. Anyone that has ordered anything from PF since this investigation started back in 2000 had better not have any 'shroom related stuff at the address PF sent anything too. (worse case)

They may not go after past orders, but the fact that the site is still up and running should tell us somthing... We know it's under the DEA's controll at this point.


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: Jammer]
    #1336281 - 02/25/03 11:48 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Hm. It is possible that eventually the USA will prosecute spore vendors outside the USA for crimes the way they do for other xtraditable offenses. Imagine a large spore cendor in Amsterdan being indited by the US courts for conspiring to drug the youth of AMerica buy selling spores to American buyers the same way they indite cocaine distributors from Colombia.

This could happen. I mean look at New Zealand. They have magazines and books on these drugs which are illegal in New Zealand.

Even Dennis McKenna could spend Jail time there for his cult. book. It is an illegal book in NEw Zealand and recently a couple are charged with bring books from Loomponics here in Washing ton and oprdering them inthe mail to NZ

They are in SDeep shit,

We creted these stupid laws out of ignoranc and innocent people pay the price.

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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1336329 - 02/26/03 12:21 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

What next, its illigal to meditate.


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: EvilGir]
    #1336387 - 02/26/03 01:38 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

"Wee may never get rid of every crack pipe and marijuana plant, but we'll do our best to destroy every devilish mushroom within the boarders of usa" - president George Bush


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: c0ma]
    #1336705 - 02/26/03 06:04 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

>>"Wee may never get rid of every crack pipe and marijuana plant, but we'll do our best to destroy every devilish mushroom within the boarders of usa" - president George Bush


I wonder if that includes the poisonous ones. So i guess species genocidal extinction efforts are okay in *certain* circumstances.


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: c0ma]
    #1336817 - 02/26/03 06:36 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

""Wee may never get rid of every crack pipe and marijuana plant, but we'll do our best to destroy every devilish mushroom within the boarders of usa" - president George Bush "




Seriosly, did George W. REALLY say this? (got a link?)
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    #1336834 - 02/26/03 06:42 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: sever]
    #1336848 - 02/26/03 06:47 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Our ancestors left England and Europe because of assholes like George Bush and John Ashcroft and Dick Chenney. Right now about 75% of the world is agaist the war. But Bush would kill us all to keep hhis oil.

Now we have nowhere to go to. Everybody else owns allof the world.
This land is your land this land is my land.

We need a land rush to give the land the ffederal government owns back to the people it belongs to. Us the American people.

If it is our land as the government tells us then why do we mn-ot all have a place to live.

Fuck Bush, I hope he gets it right up side his ass.

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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1337234 - 02/26/03 10:11 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I really hate the personal attacks that everyone makes at the Shroomery. I see it as senseless. The gov't has gotten to this point regardless of the current occupant of the whitehouse.

Also, I think it's been legitimized that the current U.S. sanctioned pressures on Iraq aren't petroleum oriented. This has become an easy scapegoat to condemn our country's motives by the lazy, unintelligible, brainwashed left-wingers.

I know post was pointless, people will continue to hate and bash the president, whomever is holdin office. And around and around and around we'll go....hate, hate, hate


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: ShrewDigsby]
    #1338623 - 02/26/03 07:42 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

"The gov't has gotten to this point regardless of the current occupant of the whitehouse"




I think it's justified. One didnt see any of this crazy chit go down under Clinton. It starts at the top.


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: Jammer]
    #1338698 - 02/26/03 08:21 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Okay, I think you're blind


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: ShrewDigsby]
    #1338721 - 02/26/03 08:35 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

For example: Operation Green Merchant happened under Bush Senor's watch (as did our attack on Iraq).... Can you recall anything like this going on under Clinton? Now we have Bush W. in, all of sudden spore sites start getting shut down along with the imprisoment of a grow author, and numerious pipe stores/sites getting busted......And talk of attacking Iraq again... Can you honestly say that this things were going on like this under Clinton? - Not to mention that it was much easier to find a job then.

Like Clinton said" he "didnt inhale"- And that set his policy on drugs about as clear as anything he ever did about it. People knew he was laxed with the drug sceen, and his actions proved it.

You really dont see a connection between today's FEDERAL cases and who is running the show?


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Re: New Fanaticus Article (A little's new) [Re: Jammer]
    #1338963 - 02/26/03 10:55 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Dammit, I just typed up a really nice response, but my computer froze :mad: :mad: :mad:  Well, not my comp, but my explorer window did.  Whenever I use kazaa light it fucks up my computer like that.  It's too long to retype so fuey... :frown: 


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