PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives arrested a mother, father and son Tuesday for growing psychedelic mushrooms in their northwest Port Charlotte home.
Two CCSO deputies went to the home at 13515 Goodrich Avenue at 12:27 p.m. concerning a felony warrant. Joshua Lee Mudge, 20, answered the door and said his brother no longer lived in the home. Deputies asked if they could go in and look around and was given permission to enter. Joshua advised what was behind each door in a hallway. Deputies asked him to open one of the doors then he put his hand in front of a deputy blocking him from walking into the room. Deputies smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the room and saw several funnels, buckets, empty glass jars, a propane torch and sandwich bags. Joshua told them it was a school project and they needed to leave the house.
Deputies called Narcotics detectives to obtain a search warrant. Joshua was removed from the home and became uncooperative then violent; he struck on deputy in the face with a closed fist and a Taser was used. He refused to be handcuffed and became violent again attempting to hit and kick the two deputies. A second Taser was used to finally gain control and handcuff him.
A judge signed a search warrant and Narcotics detectives entered the home. They located six plastic bags of Psilocybin mushrooms, a plastic container with 1.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, six syringes labeled various types of Psilocybin strains, a sealed incubation Hallucinogenic Mushroom (Psilocybin) operation containing four large mushrooms growing in a black container, several starter containers of strains of Psilocybin mushrooms along with growing material for the mushrooms, several dried Psilocybin mushrooms, a container with assorted growing material for mushrooms, a coffee can with 120 grams of marijuana and six smoking pipes with marijuana residue.
Detectives arrested Joshua Mudge, William Lorne Mudge, 55, and 50 year old Betty Lou Mudge and transported them to the Charlotte County Jail. All were charged with Manufacture of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms (Psilocybin), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Joshua Mudge was additionally charged with felony Battery on an Officer, and Resisting Arrest with Violence; this is his eighth booking. Joshua remains in jail on no bond and his parents bond was set at $6,000 each. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).