Man arrested for growing mushrooms

Part of the psilocybin mushroom laboratory police shut down at 1371 Nicholas Drive in Miami Township.
Staff report

A Miami Township man was arrested and charged for the manufacturing and distribution of the largest quantity of psilocybin mushrooms in Clermont County Aug. 23, according to a release from Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg.

Aaron Gasper, 26, of Miami Township was charged with one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a first degree felony.


According to the release, additional charges will be submitted to the Clermont County Grand Jury at a later date.

Agents from the Clermont County Narcotics Unit and the Drug Abuse Resistance Task Force of Hamilton County conducted a joint investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of the mushrooms throughout southwestern Ohio.

According to the release, agents became aware of a psilocybin laboratory in Clermont County and that the substance was about to be relocated for the purpose of distribution.

On Aug. 23, agents from both agencies executed a search warrant at 1371 Nicholas Drive in Miami Township. As a result of the search warrant, 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, according to the release.

Gasper was arrested and charged after the materials were recovered. He remains in Clermont County Jail.