PORT ST. LUCIE — Two men were arrested after police reported searching their home and finding marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, weapons and a “Fungipedia Book,” records state.
Thomas Witek, 28, was jailed on single counts each of hallucinogen manufacturing, hallucinogen possession and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.
Ronald Witek, 65, was arrested on a charge of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana after Port St. Lucie police Friday searched their listed address in the 1200 block of Southwest Bargello Avenue.
Thomas Witek told investigators “everything” in the home belonged to him.
In various rooms of the home off Southwest Savona Boulevard, investigators reported finding more than 14 ounces of marijuana, at least five handguns, almost 2 ounces of mushrooms with psilocin, and more than 100 capsules containing residue of psilocin.
Psychedelic mushrooms contain psilocin or psilocybin. Such mushrooms can be abused for their hallucinogenic effects.
In the living room, investigators reported finding a binder with instructions on growing psilocin, a .22-caliber handgun, suspected THC liquid, which is the main active ingredient of cannabis, and a “Fungipedia Book.”
Thomas Witek said he was growing “reishi” mushrooms, which he said aren’t psychedelic.
Reishi mushrooms can be “used for cancer, aging, boosting the immune system to prevent or treat infections, and for many other reasons, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses,” according to WebMD.
Police also reported finding containers of mushrooms in different stages of growth, potting soil and “mushroom spore prints in the refrigerator to start the growth of mushrooms.”
Thomas Witek said he can’t afford to buy marijuana legally, so he gets it “off the streets for half price.”
Ronald Witek said marijuana in jars in his closet belonged to him and that he uses it to manage pain.
What, if any, relationship between the men was not immediately clear.
Thomas Witek was released Friday from the St. Lucie County Jail on $21,000 bond, while Roland Witek was released on $3,000 bond, a jail official said Tuesday.
Too many requests to 911 do not involve true emergencies, which overloads the 911 system with non-emergency calls.
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