Traffic stop leads to arrest, drug seizure

Photo courtesy of Center Police Department Center Police Department allegedly seized illegal 'magic' mushroom aftermarket pills during a traffic stop on Friday, Dec. 10.

CENTER — Center Police Department Officer Eidy Guaderrama stopped a vehicle on Friday, Dec. 10, which led to the arrest of Adam Kokesh, 39, of Arizona.

According to CPD Chief Dale Meek, “Officer Guaderrama stopped a vehicle traveling through Center without license plates. The operator was very erratic in his behavior.”

According to CPD, during the traffic stop, the driver was acting unpredictably and did not wish to cooperate with Officer Guaderrama’s request for a license, registration and insurance.

Due to the behavior of the driver and subsequent investigation, CPD K-9 Kitt was deployed to check the vehicle for narcotics. K-9 Kitt indicated that drugs were present, and the suspect Kokesh was found to have warrants out of Wise County, Texas, for possessing dangerous drugs.

During a search of the vehicle, 302 aftermarket pills were allegedly found containing so-called psychedelic “magic” mushrooms, weighing 46 grams.

“Please be aware of this drug, as it has been crushed and put into capsules for sale,” Chief Meek said.

Kokesh was charged with suspicion of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of a schedule 1 controlled substance.

This is the latest in a string of drug arrests in Center. Psychedelic mushrooms can be deadly when ingested, with some of the side effects listed as nausea, paranoia, panic, hallucinations and psychosis. According to medical professionals, psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, is classified as a schedule 1 drug which means that it has a high potential for misuse and has no accepted medical use in the United States.

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