Bail set in mushroom case
Published 9:29 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Bail was set at $80,000 for a man accused of cultivating an illegal farm of psychedelic mushrooms and having stolen weapons in his apartment.
Justice Court Judge James Jefferson set the bail for Jason Jobe, 28, 1790 Fisher Ferry Road, Apt. E-1. Jobe is charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and three counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
Investigators Todd Dykes and Sam Winchester and deputy Zack Primeaux discovered the growing operation while searching for a stolen violin, two rifles and a pistol, Pace said.
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“In a second-floor bedroom, they found the grow operation set up to produce mushrooms,” Pace said.
Investigators recovered 88 jars containing “various stages of production” of psilocybin mushrooms. The fungus appeared to be white and fuzzy in many of the jars.
“This is textbook how the process works. It’s just that no one has seen it in this part of the country in recent years,” Pace said.
Pace was unable to put a street value on the mushrooms and said the Sheriff’s Department was working to determine the total possible yield. Many online sources say each jar could produce a pound of finished mushrooms.
“We’re waiting to get information back from the DEA,” Pace said.
Investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Drug Enforcement Administration indicated the growing operation was the first seen in Mississippi in decades.
“This is something that was seen in the ’60s and ’70s,” Pace said.
Jobe, who was dressed in an orange Warren County Jail jumpsuit while shacked and handcuffed, made no statements during the hearing other than to answer yes or no questions asked by Jefferson.
No attorney appeared in court with Jobe, and he indicated he would like a court-appointed attorney.
Primeaux arrived at the apartment complex on Fisher Ferry Monday morning to investigate a burglary at an apartment rented by one of Jobe’s neighbors. An investigation identified Jobe as a suspect in the break-in.
In addition to the mushroom growing operation the stolen items were discovered in Jobe’s apartment.