LSD gummy bears part of Lake Tahoe drug bust
May 29, 2011
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; LSD-laden gummy bears were part of a South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team bust last week that included psilocybin mushrooms and more than 90 pounds of marijuana.
Law enforcement officers arrested John Morrissey, 29, May 19 after receiving complaints about a marijuana growing operation at two storage units on the 2100 block of U.S. Highway 50, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
SLEDNET agents were watching activity at the storage units when Morrissey left about 7 p.m. Morrissey was then stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer on Emerald Bay Road for allegedly driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, Catchings said.
Officers allegedly discovered 6.5 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle and arrested Morrissey.
SLEDNET agents then obtained search warrants for the storage units, as well as Morrissey’s home on the 1800 Block of Guadalupe Street.
At the storage units, agents reported discovering 658 marijuana plants and 84 pounds of processed marijuana.
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At Morrissey’s home agents found two LSD infused gummy bears, about 30 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and an extraction lab used to create concentrated marijuana known as honey oil, Catchings said.
Morrissey told SLEDNET agents he was legally growing medical marijuana for South Lake Tahoe collectives, but he did not have medical recommendations and was out of compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws, Catchings said.
He was arrested on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance, illegally cultivating marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Catchings said.
Morrissey remained in custody at El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe as of Thursday afternoon. His attorney, Lori London, did not return a request for comment Wednesday.
A second man wanted in connection with the marijuana growing operation was also taken into custody this week.
Jonah Shanks, 35, turned himself into police officers Thursday morning, Catchings said. He remained in custody Thursday afternoon, according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office records. It is unknown if he has an attorney.