Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:35

Halifax County mushroom seizure tied to Elm City case

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An investigation which began in Halifax County after 26 grams of psychedelic mushrooms were seized earlier this month in Roanoke Rapids is tied to a case in Wilson County where two men were arrested last week.

It was in Elm City where the 9 pounds of mushrooms the City County Drug Task Force mentioned in a statement were seized, according to a report Friday posted on the website of the Wilson Times.

The paper reported that last Tuesday the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the United States Marshals Service in the arrest 25-year-old William Cody Dunn, who was wanted in New Jersey on a probation violation

Deputies found an active grow operation of mushrooms inside Dunn’s home, which is located east of Elm City.

The newspaper reported the execution of a search warrant at the residence led to the seizure of 4,290 grams of prepackaged psilocybin mushrooms, digital scales, a drug ledger and a gallon-size bag of empty capsules.

Dunn was arrested on the scene for the outstanding fugitive warrant and charged with manufacturing a Schedule I controlled substance.

He was jailed without opportunity for bond on the fugitive charge and received a $5,000 secured bond on the drug charge.

He is scheduled to appear in court on March 6, according to state court records.

Authorities also arrested Lance Jackson Morris Jr., 24, of the same address. He faces a charge of manufacturing a Schedule I controlled substance, according to the Times account.

He received a $3,000 secured bond and also has a March 6 court date.

Captain A.M. Harris of the task force said today the investigation of the 26 grams of mushrooms seized in Halifax County continues. The task force has declined to release the name of the person or persons arrested in the Roanoke Rapids case because of the ongoing investigation.

In the task force statement released Sunday, Harris said the Roanoke Rapids seizure conducted by deputies of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office D Squad resulted not only in the 26-gram seizure of psychedelic mushrooms, but  290 grams of marijuana, 27 suboxone strips, drug paraphernalia and currency.

In the statement Harris said agents continued to follow up after the seizure because of the large amount.  

It was during the follow-up investigation agents were contacted by federal authorities and began working together sharing information to identify the Roanoke Valley source of supply.

Due to the initial investigation of the Roanoke Rapids case, the task force, federal and local agencies seized the additional nine pounds of mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.


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