Two young people who were picking mushrooms near Ustrzyki Górne (Podkarpackie Voivodeship) were behaving nervously, which attracted the attention of officers of the Bieszczady Border Guard Unit. During the inspection, it turned out that they had hallucinogenic mushrooms in their possession. Both were detained and handed over to the police.
The incident took place on Thursday (October 12) near Ustrzyki Górne, in the Bieszczady National Park, an area covered by a special form of protection.
As reported by Lieutenant Piotr Zakielarz, spokesman for the Bieszczady Border Guard Unit, the attention of the officers was drawn to two people outside the tourist trail who were behaving nervously.
They had nearly 60 hallucinogenic mushrooms with them
“They were picking mushrooms there. The border guards decided to find out who they were dealing with. As it turned out, two Poles had nearly 60 hallucinogenic mushrooms with them,” said Lt. Zakielarz.
These people are a 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both of whom are residents of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
Possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms is a crime
He explained that lanceolata is a species of mushroom that is known for its psychoactive properties. He recalled that possession of narcotic drugs or psychoactive substances is a crime punishable by a fine or restriction, or even imprisonment. Hallucinogenic mushrooms also fall into this category.
The police are investigating the case
“Due to reasonable suspicion of committing a crime, the tourists were detained and handed over to the police, who are conducting further activities in the case,” the officer said. And he added: “the afternoon mushroom picking, although fruitful, was not very happy for the two Poles.”
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