The Clermont County Narcotics Unit and the Drug Abuse Resistance Task Force (DART – Hamilton County) conducted a joint investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of significant amounts of Psilocybin Mushrooms throughout Southwestern Ohio. During the investigation, Agents became aware of a Clandestine Psilocybin Laboratory in Clermont County and that the substance was about to be relocated for the purpose of distribution.
On 08-23-2013, Agent s from the Clermont County Narcotics Unit and the Drug Abuse Resistance Task Force executed a search warrant at 1317 Nicholas Drive in Miami Township Clermont County. As a result of the search warrant, Agents seized a sophisticated clandestine Psilocybin Mushroom laboratory. Inside the laboratory, agents recovered 503 pounds of materials containing Psilocybin, a hallucinogenic which is classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. The seized Psilocybin has a street value of $805,000.
Aaron Gasper, age 26, was arrested and incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail. Gasper was charged with one count of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs which is a Felony of the first degree. Additional charges and suspects will be submitted to the Clermont County Grand Jury at a later date. This is the largest seizure of Psilocybin in Clermont County.