Man charged in ‘chocolate mushroom’ drug sale
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com March 7, 2013 6:12PM
Kevin C. McPhee, 21, of Lisle, remains in DuPage County Jail on $150,000 bail, after allegedly selling Ecstasy and chocolate-covered, hallucinogenic mushrooms to undercover Naperville police. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Updated: April 9, 2013 11:51AM
A 21-year-old man with fraud and shoplifting convictions in his past remained Thursday in DuPage County Jail, after allegedly selling Ecstasy and chocolate-covered, hallucinogenic “mushrooms” to undercover Naperville police.
Kevin C. McPhee, of Lisle, is being held on $150,000 bail. He is awaiting trial on two felony charges of the manufacture or delivery of controlled substances, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.
McPhee surrendered late last week at the Naperville police station. He had been the target of an undercover investigation.
Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said McPhee late last year sold an undercover officer 60.8 grams of psilocin for $145. The drug “was in the form of chocolate-covered mushrooms,” Cammiso said Thursday in an e-mail.
Psilocin reportedly has an unpleasant taste. Some narcotics dealers and users coat it in chocolate to mask that taste.
Cammiso said McPhee on a subsequent date sold the same undercover detective eight Ecstasy pills for $150.
Court documents indicated McPhee was arrested in November 2008 for shoplifting in Aurora. A judge sentenced him to four days in jail on that misdemeanor charge, records showed.
McPhee was arrested again in April 2010, that time on four felony counts of unlawful use of a credit card in Naperville. He was sentenced in 2011 to 30 days in jail and seven days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, and placed on two years of probation, according to records.
It could not be learned Thursday whether McPhee had violated the terms of that probation with his most recent arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on the drug charges.