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Sting nets unusual arrest for psychedelic mushrooms, not underage beer buy

Cash, drugs and paraphernalia recovered by deputies
Cash, drugs and paraphernalia recovered by deputies Placer County Sheriff’s Office

An undercover operation to stem underage drinking in Roseville resulted in an arrest for psychedelic mushroom sales, not for buying alcohol for a minor.

An underage decoy on Friday night was working the alcohol operation in the 1100 block of Douglas Boulevard when the unusual arrest occurred. A 20-year-old decoy, who was wearing a wire, asked Noah James Phippen, 19, if he would buy him a six-pack of beer.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies, who were listening to the conversation, said that Phippen answered that he wasn’t old enough to buy alcohol either.

However, Phippen is alleged to have said he would sell the decoy “California gold cap mushrooms.” A transaction was allegedly completed and nearby deputies swooped in and arrested Phippen.

A search of his vehicle turned up drugs and more than $1,500 in cash. He was booked into jail on suspicion of possession and sales of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of cocaine for sale and possession of methamphetamine.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.