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Maquoketa Couple Arrested for Mushrooms

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Maquoketa police make a drug arrest, filing several charges each against a husband and wife accused of having a grow operation in their home.

And it's not the type of drug that's been making headlines recently. This is hallucinogenic mushrooms, something no one we talked to in Maquoketa remembers seeing in recent weeks or even months. But the criminal complaint shows they were being grown in a home less than one-thousand feet from a school. A home the couple shares with a little girl.

Neighbors tell us they didn't know Brent and Sara Good well.  They had seen the two in passing, seen them just the other night carving a pumpkin on their front porch. But those we talked to had no idea the house in the 100 block of East Maple was what police call a "grow operation". The complaint shows officers found 49-grams of mushrooms, grow lights attached to lids of seven plastic bins with straw and fertilizer inside, 30-mason jars containing mushroom spores and more mushrooms drying in a locked room upstairs.

"There was three police cars out here and we thought maybe looking for somebody 'cuz the school's right up here," Neighbor Larry Albertson tells us. "And then they went to the back where the cellar is, and they opened that up and took a bunch of big totes out and stuff." He says, "It's awful close, you know. We have an 11-year old daughter. And it's just too bad. They're so young, and now the daughter's probably not gonna see their parents for quite a while, so it's sad."

33-year old Brent Good and 35-year old Sara Good each face several charges, including conspiring to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and other drugs, like marijuana, as well as child endangerment.

The director of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group tells us mushrooms are something he typically sees used by college kids. Many times they think it's a safer, more natural hallucinogen. But Kevin Winslow says it's still dangerous. Who knows what someone under the influence can do? And, depending on how they're prepared, many times these mushrooms will make users very sick.

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