Million dollar shroom den uncovered by police in California (PHOTOS)
On Saturday, Berkeley Police uncovered nearly 700 pounds (317.5 kg) of mushrooms with an estimated street value of at least $1 million.
The police had been responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Alcatraz Avenue property and became suspicious when the couple at the center of the fracas refused to answer the door.
“After a short time, the two exited the house and were detained. Officers then entered the house to look for additional victims, suspects or occupants,” a Berkeley Police statement read.
“They discovered a large scale psychedelic mushroom processing operation. In plain view were psilocybin mushrooms in various stages as well as storage and distribution materials.”
A 35-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of possessing the illegal narcotics. A sum of $3,000 in cash was also seized by police.
Hallucinogenic mushrooms are outlawed in the state of California due to the presence of psilocybin.
The chemical has mind-altering effects and is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substances, a category that also includes heroin and cocaine.
In August, a California mayoral candidate Kevin P Saunders filed a ballot measure that if approved could see magic mushrooms decriminalized in the state.
According to the Los Angeles Time, the proposal needs 365,880 signatures before it can be put to a statewide vote.