A Mabscott man has been arrested on felony charges after allegedly allowing young children to be near drug paraphernalia in the home.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, a West Virginia State Trooper executed a search warrant at the home of Derrick Scott Garten, 40, in Mabscott, according to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh County.
Upon searching the home, the officer found three pounds of psychedelic mushrooms called Psilocybin, 10 plastic totes with mushrooms growing inside, a large bag of sporing seeds, scales, and a kit used for grinding mushrooms and placing them into capsules, the complaint states. Additionally, the officer found four rifles in the home, even though Garten is prohibited from owning a firearm.
In the continued search, it was noted that drug paraphernalia was sitting within reach and “intermingled” in the belongings of two young children ages 10 and 5.
Following these discoveries, Garten was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two felony counts of child neglect creating risk of serious injury and four misdemeanor counts of prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Garten was taken to Southern Regional Jail. A $30,000 property/surety bond was issued.