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Jul 17, 2015 9:54 AM

Concord police charge 2 for hallucinogenic mushroom lab in home where children live


CONCORD - Two men were arrested after Concord Police said they were running a psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushroom farm out of their kitchen and basement on 19 Thorndike St.

They turned themselves in on Thursday.

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Luke Robinson and Derek Milioto of Concord have been charged with manufacturing and possessing controlled drugs, and endangering the welfare of two children who live in the apartment and would have had direct access to the drugs.

The investigation began with a tip on Monday that suggested there was drug use around children.

Officers spoke first with a neighbor who said the smell of marijuana was coming from the apartment, which is on the first floor.

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When police searched the apartment on Tuesday, they found a large pot of dark liquid on the stove, an industrial sized barrel of liquid on the kitchen table, bags of soil, and a container of grain and sifting screens.

Police also found boxes of laboratory glassware, growing lights and other equipment.

There were several containers of mushrooms and soil in the basement. There were 24 trays of soil and mushrooms in a rack in one bedroom. There were plastic containers of dried mushrooms as well.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and New England Regional Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team were notified about the laboratory.

The apartment was evacuated, and the hazardous materials were cleared from the residence.

Friday, the judge ruled that Milioto could not have contact with his two daughter whom police say stayed at the home at times and had access to the drugs.

The judge also stated Robinson and Milioto cannot have contact with eachother.

Both are being held on bail and will be in court at the end of the month.

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