Police: Central Pa. Man Tried Sham 'Shroom Swindle
EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police say he tried to pass off store-bought mushrooms as the illegal psychedelic variety.
Twenty-year-old Jayson Hartman was arrested last week in connection with the alleged fake drug sale.
Ephrata police say they broke up the sale after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle outside a grocery store on Nov. 8.
Investigators say Hartman was trying to sell three bags of shiitake and porcini mushrooms to another man for $250, claiming the mushrooms were psychedelics.
Upon questioning, police say Hartman admitted he bought the mushrooms and cut them up to make them appear authentic.
Hartman is being held on $40,000 bail. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.