Three people have been arrested and face drug charges for allegedly growing hallucinogenic mushrooms at their residence in Coudersport.
According to state police at Coudersport, Kacie Butler, 28, Ellis Ott, 32, and Jeffrey Baumgratz, 52, all of 308 Main St., Coudersport, were arrested on July 25 following a state police dispatch to the residence for a trespassing incident.
Upon arrival, indicators of drug activity were detected, police said.
A warrant was obtained and a search conducted by state police with assistance of Coudersport borough police.
The search revealed numerous paraphernalia items, LSD, methamphetamine, marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and several unlabeled bottles of pills.
A growth operation of hallucinogenic mushrooms also was located inside the residence.
On July 29, police tried to arrest Butler and Ott with felony arrest warrants in McKean County. They were located before they carried out their plans to skip town, police said.
When troopers, along with Port Allegany police and Smethport police attempted to make contact with the pair, they fled in a car traveling north on Route 155. The high-speed chase led from Port Allegany borough just outside Eldred borough onto Slack Road. The two drove to the end of the dead end road and exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Both were apprehended moments later. A search of the vehicle revealed additional drugs. Additional charges related to the pursuit and drugs found will be filed in McKean County.
Baumgratz: one count of conspiracy, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Butler: conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; one county of manufacturing; one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ott: one count of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; one count of manufacture of a controlled substance; four counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Butler is currently in Potter County Jail and was unable to post the $100,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is set for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in front of MDJ Annette Easton.
Ott is in the Potter County Jail without bail because he attempted to flee the state to avoid prosecution, according to the online docket. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Aug. 12 in front of MDJ Easton.
Baumgratz was released on $25,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is set for noon on Aug. 12 before MDJ Easton.