Police seize 'magic' mushrooms, amphetamine, other drugs at man's Palm Beach house, reports show – Palm Beach Daily News

A Palm Beach man is facing drug and weapons charges tied to a mushroom-growing operation at his home on Via Manana, according to a police report. 
Michael Anthony, 55, was arrested Tuesday after police say they seized 584.2 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and 169.67 grams of amphetamine, and found an illegal sawed-off shotgun during searches of his home and car. The amount of mushrooms seized is equivalent to almost 1.3 pounds.
According to a Palm Beach Police report, the department received information that Anthony had a large quantity of firearms and was involved in the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of illegal narcotics, specifically psilocybin mushrooms (known commonly as “magic” mushrooms). 
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“The intelligence included photos of his grow operation … depicting clear bins of psilocybin mushrooms in various grow stages,” equipment to grow the mushrooms and labels depicting the harvest dates, the report said. The photos also showed packaging material, a dehumidifier and firearms. 
Police on Tuesday obtained a search warrant for Anthony’s home, but prior to arriving there, they stopped his car near the residence, detained him and showed him the warrant, the report said. 
Among items found during a search of Anthony’s white BMW were a 9 mm Smith & Wesson MP Shield pistol; a 9 mm Glock 19 pistol; a 9mm Glock 17 pistols; two magazines with 16 bullets; three magazines with 45mm bullets; a bag with about 13.9 grams of psilocybin mushroom; a buck knife; a switch blade; a Microtech knife; and amphetamine, Diazepam, Adderall and Tramadol pills for which there were no prescriptions. 
The Smith & Wesson MP Shield was found between the front passenger seat and the middle console, the Glock 19 was inside the middle console and the Glock 17 in the car’s trunk, police said. 
Miscellaneous papers recovered from the car “described how Michael Anthony was in need of locating a new ‘grow site’ close to his residence, and listed a number of tools used to cultivate and manage such,” police said.
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According to the report, police went to the home at about 10:45 a.m., and a cursory search “revealed several items in plain view consistent with narcotic activity and the cultivation of psilocybin.”
Inside the home, police found an upstairs room that was “kept under lock and key” by Anthony. 
Items found in that room included a book, “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms”; a briefcase with 17 bags and three jars of psilocybin mushrooms “all of which were packaged for distribution and each labeled with a designer name”; pill bottles containing Adderall, amphetamine and ecstasy; and two bags of Beachwood sawdust, “which is used to cultivate and spawn psilocybin,” according to the report.
Elsewhere in the house, police found a sawed-off, short-barrel shotgun, bags of brown seeds used for mushroom spawning and suspected mushroom spores. The report said the police was assisted by agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A records search showed Anthony did not have the legal authority to possess the sawed-off shotgun, the report said. 
Police searched a suspected grow site outdoors on the north side of the residence as well as in the garage and recovered a variety of items, including a bale of hay, soil, baggies with seeds used to spawn and cultivate psilocybin and clear bins containing hay and soil. 
Among the charges against Anthony are armed trafficking in amphetamine; possession of a short-barreled rifle, shotgun or machine gun; carrying a concealed weapon during the commission of a felony; armed possession of a Schedule 1 substance (psilocybin); armed possession of ecstasy/MDMA; armed possession of a Schedule IV substance (Diazepam and Tramadol); and possession of paraphernalia. 
Anthony remained in the Palm Beach County jail on Wednesday. A judge set his bail at $149,000.
Anthony’s attorney Franklin Prince told the Daily News on Wednesday, “we’re working on Michael’s release and we’ll investigate all the police reports.”
Carol Rose is a journalist at the Palm Beach Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach her at crose@pbdailynews.com. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.


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