Not a bad little side hustle until he got caught.
A young Connecticut man was busted after authorities were alerted about a large psilocybin mushroom growing operation in a private home in Burlington, Connecticut that contained psychedelic mushrooms with an estimated street value of $8.5 million according to Connecticut State Police.
When agents arrived at the home, they noticed a ventilation system often used for mushroom-growing operations, police said.
Westen Soule, 21, showed them a detached garage holding a large mushroom-growing operation, but Soule said the type of mushrooms he was growing was not illegal. Authorities said he would not let them into the house without a warrant.
Upon receiving a warrant, investigators checked the house and found a large “mushroom-growing factory” containing psilocybin mushrooms, which are a Schedule 1 controlled substance, in various stages of growth, according to the news release.
Police arrested Soule on a charge of possession with intent to distribute or sell narcotics and operation of a drug factory.
He was being held Friday on a $250,000 surety bond and set to appear for an arraignment at New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 16.
A Connecticut man was arrested Thursday for allegedly running a psilocybin mushroom growing operation worth approximately $8.5 million, according to state police. https://t.co/m2xYTxJHyH
— WPRI 12 (@wpri12) November 3, 2023