Cops Arrive after Maryland Man Posts Photos of Non-Psychedelic Mushrooms on FB

Ben Keller

The cops arrived at the home of a Maryland couple after they posted pictures of Morel mushrooms on Facebook.

A Maryland man posted to Facebook describing how a cop arrived at his home over the other post he made on Facebook.

The cop's agenda?

He was apparently there to conduct an investigation into the man and his girlfriend, Hope Deery, for possessing psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.

The only problem: they weren't magic mushrooms.

"We let them in and as soon as the police officer walked in he asked us why we were eating mushrooms and posting about it online," the man posted.

But the mushrooms in the photos they posted were actually edible mushrooms the couple found earlier in the day, cooked and ate before the cop arrived, knocking on their door.

John Garrison of Darlington, Maryland said he tried to explain to the cop Morel mushrooms are a "native choice edible mushroom similar to truffles."

"He wasn't convinced," Garrison recalled in his post on Facebook describing the incident.

"So I rummaged through the trash to find a piece of a Morel so that he would have evidence that we weren't taking psychedelic mushrooms," he wrote.

"I showed him and he still wasn't convinced that they weren't magic mushrooms."

Garrison wrote he was shocked the officer was there over the photos he took because the edible moral mushrooms don't resemble the psychedelic type people eat for their mind-altering effects.

"I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs look like."

Eventually, a second cop showed up and Garrison showed her the Morels he'd dug from the trash and she immediately identified it as a Morel.

Garrison, along with his girlfriend, were relieved to be finally off the hook.

The cops proceeded to 'process their IDs' then left.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the misunderstanding.

Comments (25)
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Edistojoe
Edistojoe

Policing Facebook?
FORK DA PORK!

jarvis34
jarvis34

people in the USA police force need to know more about drugs before they go to a home they dont need to be going to in the first place over something they them selfs dont know what they are talking

UtterPirate
UtterPirate

GregoryThomas and XenaGuy, bravo for helping people understand their rights. They should be called responsibilities rather then rights. Don't cooperate with nonsense. It just makes it happen more. As far as being an expert is concerned you will be hard pressed to find an officer with a working knowledge of anything beyond as Bergman puts it CYA. In fact the problem is so widespread they had to come up with "Qualified Immunity." For the uninformed, qualified immunity is the premise that a police officer has the legal right to be poorly trained and dumb as a rock. As soon as sites like pinac and facebook get more organized this defence will disappear. As soon as a judge is presented with multiple examples of the same officers claiming ignorance on the same subjects, their credibility disappears and they are no longer considered an unassailable witness. This means what they say in court carries no more weight then a homeless man or a junkie. I have never been one to beleive anyone without evidence anyway but as a juror the prosecutor will try to make you beleive you have to take an officer's word as gospel. Don't beleive it. As an old man with many experiences as a juror and even more as an LEO, everybody lies. Officers more then most. Several municipalities are anticipating this by making lists of officers that are suspect enough they are not to be called as witnesses. Municipalities that don't do this will likely have no "officers of the court."

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

Number 1...never use FB. Number 2...never allow police into you home without a warrant. Number 3...never provide your ID to an officer unless legally required to do so...and in this case it was not.

XenaGuy
XenaGuy

"They processed our IDs and left." . . . WHY? Why did the COPS process their IDs? There was no longer any suspicion of a crime being committed.
WHY did the residents allow the COPS to process their IDs? They had no obligation to identify, as there was no suspicion of a crime. The COPS violated the residents' Fourth Amendment by running their IDs. And the residents were stupid for allowing it.

Bergman
Bergman

Since no one else has said the obvious yet...

The morel of the story: never assume cops are experts at anything but CYA.

TaxationIsTheft
TaxationIsTheft

A prime opportunity was missed here. They should have simply said "go get a warrant" and closed the door.

I can't imagine a warrant would have been issued and if one had been then the entire system would have been exposed.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Another case of stupidity in Blue. "I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs look like." What a dumb belief. Cops are idiots that believe themselves to be saviours. Like the old adage, 'a little knowledge can be dangerous'. They generally know nothing, but will NEVER admit to their ignorance. That plus, there is nothing more satisfying to a cop than arresting innocent people to show their power.

adversus
adversus

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Nekrid
Nekrid

Why? We would like to stand up for our rights. Is there more to the story? Otherwise.. that cop should of never stepped over the line. Why are you saying it's your fault?

wmartin46
wmartin46

At least file a complaint. Learning how and why this officer came to know about the mushrooms would be very revealing. This is another reason not to post anything on Facebook.

SethA
SethA

Please sue them.

Sonnybas
Sonnybas

You could have said the morel of the story.. it would have been wonderful

copperhead22
copperhead22

Hey Ben, This is John Garrison the man who posted the morel mix up on facebook and I would really appreciate it if you deleted this post. Were trying to get rid of this attention on our part.

EWT
EWT

They issue this numb-skull a firearm!?

Ery
Ery

In this case it would have been hillarious if the judge had any clue what a magic mushrtoom looked like as they try to get a warrant for the posession of MUSHROOMS.
If.
=/

TheresaR
TheresaR

Editor

That cop needs to eat a handful of magic mushrooms...it may help him gain some enlightenment as to the idiot he is.

Knightspast
Knightspast

Given the statement included an RA they are most likly in a college dorm, and the RA reported them. Depending on how it was done through the college the officers might not need a search warrent (a lot of colleges have you sign away some of thoose protections from searches in the dorm rules)

StevenThomas
StevenThomas

Did they have a warrant to search the house? I don't think so. Should have told them to come back with a warrant after they obtained Probable Cause. The Cops in America are not there to Protect and Serve but do want to escalate, arrest and Prosecute anyone to make a buck

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

The moral of the story: (1) don't use facebook (2) cops face no consequences for 4th amendment violations

kylemac
kylemac

Someone needs to get a copy of the incident report (ICR) filled by police (completely public) to learn how the police covered their asses...
This "investigation" was completely stupid, and to "process" the residents' identification, rather than just leaving, shows they couldn't admit being wrong...


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