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Illinois man charged with mushroom growing

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Darryl Enriquez
February 25, 2011
— An Elgin, Ill., man was charged this week with growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in a rented Geneva Township building.

Police found the grow operation because its foul odor drew complaints from adjacent business owners, according to court documents.


Ian B. Henning, 33, is facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted of manufacturing the drug. Because of Henning's previous conviction of growing marijuana, he could face an additional four years in prison.


An arrest warrant was attached to the Walworth County criminal complaint.


Henning is being held in Illinois at the Kane County Justice Center on $56,000 bond. Henning is charged there with marijuana possession and driving with a revoked driver's license.


In late September, police found numerous mushrooms and mushroom-growing paraphernalia in the building, according to a criminal complaint.


Henning told an investigator at the Kane County Jail that he was trying to establish a mail order business, called B-HI that offered supplies to grow mushrooms, according to the complaint.



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