Charges dropped against man accused of growing hallucinogenic mushrooms

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina 14th Circuit Solicitors Office has dropped drug charges previously filed against a Walterboro man accused of growing hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home.

Walterboro police officers thought they stumbled upon an illegal psilocybin mushroom-growing operation at a house on Warren Street on May 10.

Investigators went ahead and charged 30-year-old Edward V. Spearman with trafficking in psilocybin, even though tests had not confirmed the ingredient to be present in the mushrooms discovered at the scene.

Spearman and his attorney told authorities that the fungii growing in his house were actually shiitake mushrooms, native to east Asia.

Well, the tests recently came back negative for psilocybin and the charges were dropped last week, said 14th Circuit Solicitor's spokesman Daniel Brownstein.

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