ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood man was arrested Tuesday evening after deputies found several packages of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the vehicle in which he was riding. At about 9:30 p.m. deputies stopped a vehicle in the area of CR 775 and Manor Road in Englewood due to the vehicle having only one headlight operational. While one deputy was issuing the driver a written warning for the headlight, the driver gave another deputy consent to search his vehicle.
During the search, deputies located a large zip-lock baggie stuffed behind the glove box on the passenger’s side where Alex Michael Petti, 23, of the 900 block Brengle Avenue in Englewood, had been sitting. The large plastic baggie contained five smaller baggies with what appeared to be hallucinogenic mushrooms inside. The contents tested positive for psilocybin, a compound found in certain mushrooms that is illegal to possess. Each of the five bags contained exactly three grams of mushrooms. A sixth baggie was located that held two grams of contents. During the investigation, it was determined that the mushrooms belonged to Petti. He was placed under arrest for possession of the illegal substance. When deputies searched him, they found a large quantity of cash in his possession. Due to the weight and packaging of the substance, Petti was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute hallucinogenic mushrooms and possession of paraphernalia. He was released on a $3,500 bond.
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