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Merrick Colby George

Merrick Colby George

A Darby man is facing felony drug charges after he allegedly told an officer that he was raising hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home and distributing them to veterans through the mail.

Merrick Colby George, 36, was being transported to the Ravalli County detention center on another charge last December when he claimed to have about two pounds of mushrooms in his home, according to a charging affidavit filed by deputy county attorney Angela Wetzsteon.

The officer obtained a search warrant for George’s home on Water Street.

The charging affidavit said he found George’s girlfriend at the house, who told the officer where the drugs were. The woman admitted to being in possession of some marijuana, but denied using or possessing the hallucinogenic mushrooms.

She said George raised them and mailed them to his veteran friends around the country.

In a plastic lid on a shelf above the water heater, the officer allegedly found about 49.5 grams of dried mushrooms. He also discovered five empty tubs in the closet that appeared to have residue of dried mushrooms and growing mix.

There were also several mason jars containing seeds immersed in liquid that appeared to be forming mold cultures.

The woman told the officer George would inject these materials with a substance that would start the mushrooms growing.

The officer also found a large number of USPS mailing pouches, a bag of seed starter and five additional plastic tubs with lids. The woman showed the officer a syringe kept in the refrigerator that was labeled “Psilocybe cubensis.”

George faces felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs on the charges filed Wednesday. 

George has been jailed since December on a partner or family member assault charge. 

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Reporter for The Ravalli Republic.