Troopers Seize 23 Pounds Of Psilocybin Mushrooms

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State troopers seized 23 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms worth an estimated $73,600 and charged two people with drug offenses after stopping a rental car for speeding on the Ohio Turnpike.

Andrew Florey, 27, of Missoula, Mont., and Robin Johnson, 27, of Brattleboro, Vt., were charged Thursday with possessing and trafficking drugs, both felonies.

They were to be arraigned on the charges in Maumee Municipal Court on Friday, but the appearance was rescheduled for Tuesday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says the seizure was the largest ever in Ohio. The previous high was 11 pounds.

State Highway Patrol troopers stopped the vehicle in Lucas County on Thursday and found the drugs, called magic mushrooms, in the trunk after being tipped off by a drug-sniffing dog.

If convicted, Florey and Johnson could face a mandatory 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine for each crime.

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