Picking magic mushrooms from Florida forest leads to arrests

Five people were recently arrested while leaving a forest in Florida. The claim is several of them had taken some psychedelic mushrooms out of the forest. These psilocybin mushrooms grow naturally in this forest.

The wildlife officer who saw the five go into the Little Big Econ State Forest claims he saw them not only go into the forest, but also come out. The group supposedly had the mushrooms in a plastic grocery bag when exiting the forest.

In addition to the mushrooms, one of the men was also carrying a 2-foot-long alligator that was tucked into a bandanna. Without a permit, this type of behavior is illegal.

The 30-year-old man carrying the alligator was arrested. In addition to having the alligator, he was arrested for a probation violation charge out of another country.

The alligator was set free back into the wild.

In looking at the psilocybin mushrooms, also called magic mushrooms, the vegetation grows wild in the forest. These types of mushrooms have been used in native rituals since ancient times. Those who take them either eat them or drink them in tea form.

In total, four men and one teenager were arrested. A woman was also with the group, but she was not arrested.

In looking at this case, while it may sound rather unusual on first read, keep in mind that drug charges should be taken very seriously. And while it appears these mushrooms were picked out of their natural environment, this does not take away from the fact that the mushrooms are considered drugs.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Alligator, magic mushrooms led to arrest, wildlife officers say," Susan Jacobson, June 11, 2013

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