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C.O. drug agents raid large Terrebonne psilocybin mushroom facility, Bend and Sisters homes

Central Oregon drug detectives wore protective gear during raid of Terrebonne psilocybin mushroom facility
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team
Central Oregon drug detectives wore protective gear during raid of Terrebonne psilocybin mushroom facility

Three people charged so far, more arrests expected soon; protective gear worn due to possible mold, fungus, spores

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Veterans Day was no day off for Central Oregon drug agents who dismantled a large psilocybin mushroom operation in Terrebonne and also raided two related homes in southwest Bend and near Sisters, charging three people initially, with more arrests expected soon.

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) detectives executed three search warrants around 9:30 a.m. in the 6000 block of Northwest 10th Street in Terrebonne, the 17000 block of Mountain View Road northeast of Sisters and the 61000 block of Linton Loop in Bend, sheriff’s Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

The raids followed a lengthy investigation of drug manufacturing and distribution, and were conducted in collaboration with the Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement team and the Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit, he said.

The Terrebonne raid turned up “a sizable, complex and illicit active psilocybin incubation facility, grow chamber and packaging center,” Vander Kamp said in a news release.

Psychedelic psilocybin was approved by voters last fall for limited, therapeutic use, but “remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance,” the sergeant noted.

“Indoor mushroom growing can produce airborne mold, fungus and spores attached to clothing and food,” Vander Kamp said in a news release, adding, “It is common knowledge that prolonged exposure to mold and fungus can cause numerous medical conditions, especially in children.“

While dismantling the psilocybin facility, detectives donned protective respirators and clothing to prevent exposure to the airborne mold, fungus and spores. The dismantling, evidence collection and decontamination process took about eight hours.

Detectives collected a “substantial amount” of illegal psilocybin and a firearm from the Terrebonne facility, Vander Kamp said.

At the home on Linton Loop in Bend’s Sagewood neighborhood, detectives found a commercial quantity of processed psilocybin and cannabis, along with related manufacturing paraphernalia. Two AR-style rifles, a pistol and “a large sum of cash” also were seized, Vander Kamp said.

A man and woman, both 36, were cited and released at the scene on charges of processing felony amounts of processed marijuana, illegal possession and manufacturing of psilocybin and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The home also was occupied by the suspects’ minor children, who detectives determined had been exposed to the psilocybin manufacturing process and storage in the home. Vander Kamp said Oregon DHS Child Welfare workers were on the scene to care for the children and arrange for a safety plan with the family, the sergeant said.

At the Sisters-area home in Squaw Creek Canyon, detectives contacted and charged a 48-year-old man who allegedly is part of the psilocybin organization, Vander Kamp said. Detectives found and seized “a sizable cache of processed marijuana and currency,” he said.

The man was cited and released at the scene on charges of processing felony amounts of processed marijuana and unlawful manufacture of marijuana.

Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.

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33 Comments

  1. “Well, that’ll sure cut down on all those out of control mushroom tweakers running around stealing stuff to support their habit!”

    Said no one, ever.

    1. Mushroom tweakers?! Yeah nobody has ever said that because you have zero clue what you’re talking about hahahah.

      This is part of the struggle with drug laws. Fools are convinced everyone is shooting up marijuanas and tweaking mushrooms because you have literally zero idea what the effects are.

        1. If you’ve seen the looney toons that post on here, you should know that ignorant delusional rants is all they specialize in. Hard to tell sarcasm through text or if dunning kruger is in full swing.

          1. I sometimes use /sarc and sarc\ to bracket my sarcastic comments.
            These past 7 or so years have made effective sarcasm very difficult. But some of us still try.

    2. Nobody is also protesting their wearing of the Personal protective equipment!
      Nobody is worried they gave up their liberties,
      nobody …
      whatever I’m already bored with this snarky, comment.

    3. Exactly. Now the conercts at Les Schwab are going to not be as fun. Seriously though, the cops need to prioritze meth and fentenyl over herbs and fungi.

    1. Yup. I never understood how a naturally-growing plant can be illegal. “Indoor mushroom growing can produce airborne mold, fungus and spores attached to clothing and food”. So is the sheriff going to start raiding homes with leaky roofs now? All that moldy drywall; think of the children! What nonsense.

  2. “Psychedelic psilocybin was approved by voters last fall for limited, therapeutic use, but “remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance,” the sergeant noted.”

    – tax $$$$ – makes sense, right?

  3. OH NO!!! There is a moldy strawberry in my fridge! Quick, breakout the hazmat suit!!! LOL.. WHAT A JOKE! There are mold spores in the air, dont go outside without your protective gear LOL

    1. Thanks for posting, interesting account. Our illustrious congress seriously need to review and modify the scheduling of drugs like mj and psilocybin. Congress is so out of touch and out of date it’s unbelievable, and we keep sending the same self-serving fuddy-duddys back time after time. Sad.

    2. Thanks for pointing this out. Our veterans are the ones who will benefit most once we truly legalise these wonder drugs. If only our greedy gov cared about that. We’re on the right path to ending millions of addictions to harmful pharma drugs.

  4. Deadspin: Crescent city CA. After taking psychedelic mushrooms, a California man gouged out his MMA training partner’s heart, eyes and tongue, all while he was still alive.

    CNN: Kansas city. A 17-year-old boy high on psychedelic mushrooms has been charged in the death of his best friend in the Northland neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, after allegedly running him over with his vehicle, according to authorities.

    Billings Gazette: Billings man accused of killing Friend, after mushroom trip.

    No problem here.

    1. What are the odds that if you ingest mushrooms that you will go crazy and kill someone??? Gimme a break and do so actual research! Clearly you know nothing about the topic

  5. Time and money would have been better spent breaking up the teenage drug dealing network using the pavilion in Madras’s Sahalee Park as a distribution center. Complaints and communications with city officials sure hasn’t gotten any results.

  6. I sometimes use /sarc and sarc\ to bracket my sarcastic comments.
    These past 7 or so years have made effective sarcasm very difficult. But some of us still try.

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