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Port Richey father and son face hallucinogenic mushroom charges

TAMPA — Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a Port Richey father and son were indicted on federal charges of manufacturing hallucinogenic mushrooms in a super lab.

Gerald Hannafin Sr., 68, and his son, Gerald Hannafin Jr., were arrested last year and charged in state court with maintaining a lab with more than 2,300 mushroom cultures and one kilogram of processed psilocin, the term for the drug.

When the lab was discovered last March, at 5421 Charles St. in New Port Richey, it was thought to be Pasco's first psychedelic mushroom growing lab. Authorities reported finding shelves upon shelves holding hundreds of half-pint Mason jars packed with the mushrooms.

State authorities often drop their cases when defendants could face longer punishments in the federal system. If convicted in federal court, the Hannafins both face 20 years in prison.

Port Richey father and son face hallucinogenic mushroom charges 02/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:05pm]
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