Jamestown man sentenced for sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms in county

A Jamestown, N.Y. man was sentenced to nearly a year in the county jail for selling hallucinogenic mushrooms at the Russell Roller Rink.

Cory A. Carlson, 27, was sentenced by President Judge Maureen Skerda on Friday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a confidential informant working for the Warren County Drug Task Force made contact with Carlson in February of last year and arranged to purchase six ounces of of psilocybin mushrooms in exchange for $900 in Task Force funds.

The CI and Carlson agreed to meet at the Russell Roller Rink in Pine Grove Township.

At about 8 p.m. on Friday, “a controlled purchase was executed in which (co-defendant Mark) Ceci and Carlson provided $900 worth of mushrooms,” the affidavit explains. “A traffic stop was made a short time after, and Ceci and Carlson were taken into custody and taken to the Warren County District Attorney’s Office.”

Investigators explained that approximately six ounces of mushrooms were recovered as evidence and that they found Ceci in possession of $600 in Task Force funds with Carlson in possession of the remaining $300.

Chief Public Defender John Parroccini, representing Carlson, said that Carlson has a job and is also open to change and receptive to assistance.

First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown said that because the mushrooms were sold at the Russell Roller Rink that he is asking for middle- to high-end standard range sentence.

Carlson told Skerda that the “location wasn’t chosen by me. I didn’t choose the Russell Roller Rink. That was the informant.”

He noted that he did not sell to any minors and told Skerda that he does “have a drug problem I need help with,” acknowledging he has had the problem for “a few years.”

Skerda asked him if he was still using substances and Carlson said “unfortunately, yeah,” indicating he had used methamphetamine three days prior.

Skerda cited his consistent work record and absence of a prior record outside of a DWI “that’s belied by your conduct.”

Skerda then sentenced Carlson to 11 1/2 months to 24 months less one day incarceration in the Warren County Jail with credit for five days time served, $840 in restitution, $2,975 in fines and fees, to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and any treatment recommended, submission of a DNA sample, a one year license suspension, 200 hours of community service and participation in the COG program on a count of possession with intent to deliver.

He is work release and early re-entry eligible.

On a count of criminal use of a communications facility, Carlson was sentenced to four years probation and 200 hours of community service.