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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Drug detectives carry off 90-pound mushroom crop

Man arrested, accused of shipping throughout nation

The Olympian, WA

Thurston County narcotics detectives arrested one man and seized at least 90 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms Friday during a raid on a rural property northeast of Millersylvania State Park.

Inside the three-story home and neighboring barn, detectives collected bags of psilocybin mushrooms that allegedly were being prepared for shipment to customers across the country.

The suspect, Douglas D. Hiatt, 41, has a horticultural background and also operates a business that sells herbs and flowers.

Hiatt was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of illegal drug manufacturing and possession with intent to deliver. Detectives suspect most of his income came from selling mushrooms, and not from his flower business.


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