TWIN FALLS • A Twin Falls man was using a rented storage locker for more than excess furniture , police say.
Matthew Samuel Brooks, 20, was growing psychedelic mushrooms in the storage unit, police said.
Brooks was arraigned Thursday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
A school resource officer reached out to K-9 units with the Twin Falls Police Department after a former student said Brooks sold marijuana and marijuana candy, court documents said. The former student also said Brooks had a storage unit at Muni Storage Facility, 485 Grandview Drive.
Police contacted an employee of Muni Storage Facility who confirmed Brooks used a storage unit there, court documents said. Officers took two police dogs to the storage unit and both indicated they smelled the odor of drugs.
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A request for a warrant was filed, but while waiting for it, officers spotted Brooks on a Kawasaki motorcycle May 3 speeding on Main Avenue, court documents said.
Brooks had a backpack with four of the packages of marijuana inside and one with dark waxy substance called marijuana butter, court documents said. The packages were marked for sale. Brooks said he wasn’t selling them, but had recently purchased them himself, police said.
The next day police executed the warrant for the storage unit and reported finding more than 6 ½ ounces of marijuana, court documents said. They also reported finding two plastic containers. One had illegal mushrooms growing in it and the other contained 16 jars acting as “starter kits,” court documents said. There were also five syringes containing mushroom spores, police said.
Brook’s bond was set at a total of $10,000. A preliminary hearing for the manufacturing charge is scheduled for Friday.