MERCED, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A Merced California Highway Patrol K9 unit found and seized several pounds of psilocybin mushrooms (also known as ‘magic mushrooms’) during a traffic stop, CHP Merced officials say.

Officers say they initiated a traffic stop on a 2018 Honda Accord for an infraction and the officer noted several indications that led him to believe the driver and the passenger were engaged in criminal activities.

  • K9 Shei

According to authorities, CHP K9 officer “Shei” was sent to sniff the exterior of the vehicle and gave an alert to the odor of narcotics.

Officers say a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two large black bags containing approximately 29 pounds of the psychedelic mushrooms that were seized.

CHP says a charge of 11351 of the Health and Safety Code is pending.