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Published: Wednesday, 2/20/2013

Toledo man convicted for psychedelic fungi

BLADE STAFF

A Toledo man was convicted Tuesday for his part in a large-scale psychedelic mushroom growing operation.

Ronald Hammersmith, Jr., 44, of 5768 Home Lane, pleaded guilty to one count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, and aggravated trafficking in drugs. Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Dean Mandros told Hammersmith he faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $55,000 when he is sentenced March 26.

Hammersmith was one of six Lucas County residents arrested after Toledo police searched five Toledo houses and one in Whitehouse in September and seized nearly 137 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms.

Five of the six co-defendants have entered into plea agreements on similar charges and are awaiting sentencing, while Sara Thierry, 38, of Whitehouse is scheduled to go to trial March 28 on charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.



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