Riverton man charged with growing illegal psychedelic mushrooms

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Malcolm Wade, 22, of Riverton, faces a single felony charge of Unlawful Manufacture of Psilocybin Mushrooms, stemming from a late October incident on West Sunset Drive.

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, Wade pleaded not guilty to the crime in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court with Judge Norman E. Young presiding. As of this morning he was being held in the Fremont County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. When he was arrested, he was on probation for a previous marijuana-related infraction.

If he is found guilty and convicted of the crime, Wade faces up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, Riverton police were called to a home on West Sunset for a report of Wade being disorderly.

“While en route, Officer Armstrong was informed that Wade had eaten mushrooms and swallowed his cell phone battery, reportedly to destroy evidence of growing mushrooms,” states the affidavit.

The documents allege that upon officers’ arrival Wade’s mother, Michelle Kiggins, told officers that Wade was growing psilocybin mushrooms, and she wanted all of his operation out of her house.

“Kiggins showed Armstrong a large needle, which she stated was used to inject psilocybin spores into white bricks, a plant food type material,” the affidavit states. The documents allege that Wade’s mother showed the officer a number of pieces of equipment used to grow the psychedelic mushrooms. Many of those materials were reportedly removed from Wade’s room.

“Officer Armstrong located a large black truck box (that) contained two complete bricks and a partially deteriorated brick in the box. The box was filled with potting soil,” states the affidavit. “Officer Armstrong observed mushrooms, identified as psilocybin mushrooms, on two of the bricks located in the box.”

At the time police were called to the scene, the Region 5 HAZMAT team also responded due to the possible dangerous nature of the mushroom spores. (Read the initial report here.)

During Tuesday’s arraignment, Wade asked Young to clarify if he had waived a speedy preliminary hearing or the entire preliminary hearing in the circuit court. Young confirmed that Wade had signed the paper to waive the entire hearing. Wade also asked when the state would be required to disclose the evidence it has against him. Young said that normally does not occur until after arraignment, but he assured Wade that the state would be required to provide discovery before his trial. Wade thanked Young for answering his questions.

Wade’s trial has been set for 1:30 p.m. on March 10, stacked among other cases.