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Authorities arrest three during $2 million psychedelic mushrooms bust in Brooklyn

December 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities arrest three during $2 million psychedelic mushrooms bust in Brooklyn

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Two Sheepshead Bay “grow houses” were raided by authorities last week, and more than 250 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms were recovered along with pot, cash, and other paraphernalia, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez revealed.

The Sheepshead Bay residence was raided as part of an inquiry conducted by state and federal agencies.

One house contained a majority of the mushrooms, along with one ounce of weed, 300 gift cards, and $30,000. The second home had more mushrooms and $400 in cash, CBS2 New York reported.

Authorities reported that said the estimated street value of what was seized is about $2 million.

Police confiscated $2 million worth of psychedelic mushrooms in Brooklyn. (Credit: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

“Man-made drugs are our worst enemy these days,” DEA special agent James Hunt stated. “Those using synthetic cannabinoids, Carfentanil, U-47700, or psychedelic mushrooms are playing Russian roulette.”

The probe, which was carried out by the DEA, NYPD, New York State Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, resulted in the apprehension of three men — 47-year-old Maksym Lyushnenko, 50-year-old Vitali Yaromin, and 26-year-old Nikita Medvedev.

“These individuals grew mind-altering mushrooms right in our backyard of Brooklyn. At a few hundred dollars an ounce, this was no small business,” ICE agent Angel Melendez said. “But they were hallucinating on their product if they had thought they could hide from the law.”

All three suspects have been charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

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