Crimetracker: Three arrested on mushroom growing charges

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Three people were arrested Friday in Blount County after two separate search warrants were executed by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force.

The warrants were executed in the Springbrook community in Alcoa following an investigation into a hallucinogenic mushroom growing
ring.

The first search warrant was executed shortly before noon at a home on Burroughs Road.

Investigators found multiple psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushroom colonies containing mature mushrooms, as well as several canning jars containing additional spores used in the manufacturing
process.

Charity Nikole Powell, 38, and Walteena Helen Selby, 59, were both arrested and charged with maintaining a dwelling
for the purposes of manufacture of a controlled substance, and manufacture of a Schedule I controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) in a drug-free zone.

A short time later, investigators executed a second search warrant at a home on Maple Street.

Michael Shae Spencer, 37, was taken into custody and is charged with manufacture a Schedule I controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) in a drug-free zone.

Officers say the street value of the hallucinogenic mushrooms is anywhere from $100 to $200 an ounce.


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