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Psychedelic Mushrooms Worth $2M Found in Brooklyn Grow House, DA Says

By Kathleen Culliton | December 16, 2016 6:12pm
 Detectives found more than $2 million worth of mushrooms in two Sheepshead Bay homes, prosecutors said.
Detectives found more than $2 million worth of mushrooms in two Sheepshead Bay homes, prosecutors said.
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Courtesy of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office

BROOKLYN — Detectives uncovered a “massive” psychedelic mushroom grow house during a search of two Sheepshead Bay homes on Friday, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Three men were arrested after the DEA Strike Force found more than 250 pounds of the psychedelic drug — worth almost $2 million — and more than $30,000 in cash in two homes on East 11th and East 13th streets, according to Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.                                

“This investigation exposed and dismantled a massive psychedelic mushroom grow house,” said Gonzalez in a statement, “keeping hundreds of pounds of this illegal and dangerous drug off the streets.”  

Detectives found 200 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms, $30,000 in cash, 300 gift cards, and one ounce of marijuana in the 13th Street home of Vitali Yaromin, 50, and 50 pounds of mushrooms and $400 in cash in the 11th Street home of Maksym Lyunshnenko, 47, according to prosecutors.

Yaromin, Lyunshnenko and Nikita Medvedev, 26, face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and using drug paraphernalia, prosecutors said. 

The three men were awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court Friday evening, prosecutors said.

Information on the suspects' attorneys was not immediately available.