Five people walked out of a Florida forest with a pile of "magic" mushrooms and a baby alligator ...
The punchline: They're under arrest.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Tuesday that an officer watched four men and one teenager enter an area near Little Big Econ Lake in Oviedo, Fla., that is known to locals for its lucrative mushroom hunting grounds. Several hours later, the group emerged with shopping bags filled with Psilocybin, wild mushrooms known for producing vivid hallucinations and illegal to possess, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Upon being stopped, the men tried to defend themselves by claiming that “Google” had told them they could cultivate the mushrooms, said Joy Hill, a spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“With all the rains we’ve been having, it’s possibly a good crop,” Hill said.
Each of the five were taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of the mushrooms.
About that alligator ... . One of the men, Rick Myers, 30, was also charged with violating a felony probation -- and with illegal possession of a small alligator.
According to Hill, when the officer approached the men, Myers informed him that he was carrying a baby alligator in his backpack.
The officer took the two-foot-long alligator, which had been wrapped in a bandanna, and released it back into the wild.
“Only in Florida,” said Hill.