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Berkeley Police Make $1 Million Drug Bust at Residence

Berkeley Police Make $1 Million Drug Bust at Residenceā€

For those curious about how much 677 pounds of magic mushrooms is, we ran the numbers.

Police say officers responding to a call about a couple fighting found almost 700 pounds of psilocybin "magic" mushrooms inside a house in Berkeley, alongside a mushrooms cultivation and sales operation.

"I've been a cop for 17 years, and it's very rare to see mushrooms in this quantity", Sgt. Andrew Frankel, spokesman for the Berkeley Police Department, told SFGate.

Police also recovered $3,000 in cash and evidence of what they described as a "large scale" sales operation.

They found more than 677 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms Saturday night at around 10 p.m.in the 1700 block of Alcatraz Avenue.

Officers then entered the house to search for other occupants, suspects or victims and discovered a "large-scale" mushroom processing operation, with psilocybin mushrooms in various stages of cultivation in plain view, along with storage and distribution materials. "The Berkeley Police Department takes great pride in ridding the community of risky narcotics".

Police arrested the 35-year-old man and 37-year-old woman at the home.

Officers secured the scene and obtained a search warrant for the premises. "I don't think they were fighting over the TV remote control".



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