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Two men busted for stealing hallucinogenic mushrooms in rural Collier County

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 09:04:32-04
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies arrested two men Sunday, after they were caught trying to harvest wild mushrooms from a cow pasture in rural Collier County.
 
Deputies had been tipped off that 19-year-old Richard Belmonte and 18-year-old Lucas Hornstein were in a cow pasture at 5800 DeSoto Boulevard.
 
"In that patchy area over there, we saw around 3 patrol cars, we normally don't see that many patrol cars in this area," said John Rodriquez who lives on the road.
 
But deputies say they had received complaints in the past about people trespassing on the property, and this time decided to press charges.
 
Investigators say Hornstein and Belmonte climbed through the barbed wire and tried to harvest the potent mushrooms, which can grow in cow manure.
 
Rodriguez says he's paying closer attention to his surroundings after this incident.  "Definitely gonna lock all the cars, lock all the doors, every now and then keep an eye out."
 
In addition to trespassing charges, Hornstein was charged with possession of marijuana.