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SAINT-J?R?ME, Friday, April 16, 2004 - On Wednesday, the police partners in Project Charlemagne seized one of the largest underground laboratories used to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin) in Quebec in the last five years. The search of a residence located on Chemin des Sources in Mirabel led to the seizure of 2,120 containers with more than 218 kilos of hallucinogenic mushrooms at various stages of growth, along with approximately 14 kilos of dried mushrooms for sale at street level. The officers also found 3 grams of hashish during the search.
One male subject was arrested on the premises. Richard Gagnon, 31, a resident of ?le Perrot, appeared in court in Saint-J?r?me to face charges of production and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The search was conducted in close cooperation with officers of the Mashteuiatsh, Mirabel, Terrebonne, Bois-des-Filion and Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines public security departments.
Psilocybin disrupts the central nervous system and can be found in some 40 varieties of mushrooms. When taken in large doses, psilocybin induces perception distortions, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, numbness of the mouth, nausea, shivering, yawning, hot flashes and sweating. These effects last roughly from three to six hours. This drug may precipitate psychosis in vulnerable users.