WALTERBORO ó The attorney representing a man charged with trafficking hallucinogenic mushrooms said he believes tests will show that they are actually legal and edible Shiitake mushrooms.
Walterboro Attorney Scott Harvin said his client, 30-year-old Edward V. Spearman, turned himself in to Walterboro police Thursday on the trafficking charges authorities filed against him after they say they found Psilocybin mushrooms growing in a lab inside his Warren Street home.
Harvin said he and his client expect the test results to show they are actually an edible and legal delicacy. He said a liquid recovered from the house was actually a home-brewed beer.
Walterboro police say they responded to a call about suspicious activity at the house about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. They entered the open door and saw marijuana out in the open. Officers then got a warrant to search the house and found evidence of a lab used to grow the hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to an incident report.
Police contacted the State Law Enforcement Divisionís newly formed Joint Enforcement Team (JET) that targets drug organizations and violent crime activities across the state. The team confirmed the grow facility and, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, investigated and seized lab equipment and large quantities of mushrooms in various growth stages.
Harvin said he has questions about the legality of the search but canít comment on it until he sees the affidavit. He declined comment about the marijuana.
Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Walterboro Public Safety at 843-549-1811 or 843-549-1812, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or visit www.sccrimestoppers.com.