Five people were arrested after a Florida wildlife officer caught them with psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana, and an alligator.
The officer saw four men and a teenager go into Little Big Econ State Forest near Oviedo and come out with psilocybin mushrooms in a plastic grocery bag, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman, Joy Hill.
One man also had a 2-foot alligator tucked into a bandanna, she said. It is illegal to possess an alligator without a permit.
The hallucinogenic mushrooms, which also are illegal to possess, grow wild in the forest.
The alligator was was released into a canal. Hill cautioned that bites of even a small alligator can be lethal because they can transmit a bacterial infection.
“If not treated, it can kill,” she said.
Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, have been used in native rituals dating to ancient times. They can be eaten but are typically brewed in water to make tea, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.