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Berkeley Police Seize 677 Pounds Of Shrooms In Accidental Drug Bust

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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter
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Police responding to a domestic abuse call Saturday stumbled across 677 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms inside a Berkeley, Calif., home, local police announced Monday.

Berkeley Police Department officers seized the drugs, which had an estimated street value of $1 million, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Police confiscated the shrooms and more than $3,000 in cash from a 35-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman after responding to a domestic abuse call made by the couple’s neighbors 10 p.m. Saturday.

The boyfriend and girlfriend were reluctant to respond to the police at their door, but eventually walked outside. Police then searched the house and found a massive processing operation with psilocybin mushrooms of varying maturity growing around the house.

They also found materials for transporting the drugs and other evidence “which indicated a large scale and scope of the sales operations.” Police quickly obtained a search warrant and then returned to the residence to seize the contraband, BerkeleySide reported.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the suspects, however, because the incident began with a domestic violence call. Both are still being held on drug and narcotics charges, though no domestic violence charges have been announced.

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