A 40-year-old Dumas man is facing drug charges after 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force agents reportedly discovered psilocybin mushrooms growing in the Dumas home where he lived with his parents.
Christopher S. Gentry is charged with one count of manufacturing more than 28 grams of psilocybin and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, according to charging information filed by 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen.
Gentry had a first appearance hearing Monday in Desha County where Circuit Judge Sam Pope explained to him his charges and rights. His bond had previously been set by a District Court judge.
Manufacturing hallucinogenic mushrooms is punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine of $15,000. Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine.
Psilocybin mushrooms, also called “shrooms” and “magic mushrooms”, are illegal and considered a hallucinogenic drug. It is illegal to cultivate, possess, or distribute them.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, psilocybin-containing mushrooms have LSD-like properties and produce alterations of autonomic function, motor reflexes, behavior, and perception.
The psychological consequences of psilocybin use include hallucinations, an altered perception of time, and an inability to discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and psychosis also may occur, particularly if a user ingests a large dose. Long-term effects such as flashbacks, risk of psychiatric illness, impaired memory, and tolerance have been described in case reports, according to the institute.
DTF agents learned while investigating another case that Gentry may be growing mushrooms in a closet in the home he shared with his parents, according to a June 12 affidavit for a search warrant of Gentry’s home. Gentry was arrested following the execution of the search warrant.