Psychedelic mushrooms found growing in Currituck County home

Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-26 18:31:59-04

Currituck Co., N.C. - Two men in Grandy, N.C. are facing drug charges after the Currituck Co. Sheriff's Office says they found what appeared to be hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in their home.

Christopher David Facenda, 34, was one of the men arrested and charged.  A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says he had 12 - 13 trays of what appear to be mushrooms in various stages of growth.

It's unknown at this point exactly how many there were or what they're worth.

Howard David Cohen, 35, who also lives in the home on Poplar Branch Road, is facing charges for possessing up to 1.2 oz of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

People who live in the neighborhood say they're shocked to hear the news.

"To find out that, you know, my next door neighbors may be growing illegal drugs, that's a risk that any parent worries about because it could be pushed off on your child," said Samantha Byrum.  "In the summertime, my yard is filled with at least 10 or 15 kids from around the block coming to play, and it's hitting too close to home."

The suspects were arrested Thursday and released on bail the next day.

NewsChannel 3 went to their house to see if they have any comment, but no one answered the door.

Facenda's charges include: Maintain Place for Sale/Use of Controlled Substance, Manufacture Sch I Controlled Substance, Possess Sch I Controlled Substance, and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

Cohen is charged with Maintain Place for Sale/ Use of Controlled Substance, Possess Marijuana up to 1.2 oz, and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

They'll be in court to face the charges Wednesday morning.