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Hallucinogenic-mushroom sale goes awry

Three teens arrested for robbery, with victim going to the hospital

A Palo Alto teen's attempt to purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms ended in a robbery and his being punched by three other youths on June 8, a Palo Alto police spokesman said Thursday (June 16).

The 16-year-old victim met up with the three youths, ages 15, 16 and 17, at about 9:30 p.m. on the 3000 block of Ventura Court, which is between Ventura Avenue, Park Boulevard and El Camino Real, to purchase the mushrooms. He was robbed of his money and cell phone during the transaction, police Detective Sal Madrigal said.

The youths punched the boy, who sustained injuries. His father took him to the hospital, Madrigal said.

The three youths were arrested last Sunday and Monday (June 12 and 13) and charged with second-degree robbery, a felony that is not premeditated but is committed as an afterthought during another act, such as a drug sale, he said.

One youth was booked into Santa Clara County juvenile hall, and two other boys were released to their parents.

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Police did not release details regarding the incident last week after the Weekly's request, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Madrigal said hallucinogenic mushrooms are not prevalent drugs sold on Palo Alto's streets.

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Hallucinogenic-mushroom sale goes awry

Three teens arrested for robbery, with victim going to the hospital

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 17, 2011, 9:50 am

A Palo Alto teen's attempt to purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms ended in a robbery and his being punched by three other youths on June 8, a Palo Alto police spokesman said Thursday (June 16).

The 16-year-old victim met up with the three youths, ages 15, 16 and 17, at about 9:30 p.m. on the 3000 block of Ventura Court, which is between Ventura Avenue, Park Boulevard and El Camino Real, to purchase the mushrooms. He was robbed of his money and cell phone during the transaction, police Detective Sal Madrigal said.

The youths punched the boy, who sustained injuries. His father took him to the hospital, Madrigal said.

The three youths were arrested last Sunday and Monday (June 12 and 13) and charged with second-degree robbery, a felony that is not premeditated but is committed as an afterthought during another act, such as a drug sale, he said.

One youth was booked into Santa Clara County juvenile hall, and two other boys were released to their parents.

Police did not release details regarding the incident last week after the Weekly's request, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Madrigal said hallucinogenic mushrooms are not prevalent drugs sold on Palo Alto's streets.

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residence?
Ventura
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:04 am
residence?, Ventura
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Is Ventura Court the residence of the drug dealers? Or are they from elsewhere in the city?


T
Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:29 am
T, Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:29 am
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The youths boy was punched and sustained injuries...

um, wot?


George K.
College Terrace
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:34 am
George K., College Terrace
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:34 am
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If your Starbucks barista has had a lot of coffee before you order, you just get your drinks that much faster; but if your hallucinogenic mushroom salesman has been sampling the wares, it doesn't go so well.


Anon.
Crescent Park
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:41 am
Anon., Crescent Park
on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:41 am
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Why can't these thugs be charged with dealing drugs as well? That was their intent? What is wrong with people these days?


P.A. Resident
Midtown
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:03 am
P.A. Resident, Midtown
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:03 am
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Despite the comment attributed to Madrigal that hallucinogenic mushrooms are not prevalent drugs sold on Palo Alto's streets, this is incorrect information. P.A. parents and officials may not be aware or may not want to be aware, but hallucinogenics, including ecstacy are VERY prevalent in Palo Alto.


JW
Mountain View
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
JW, Mountain View
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
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Seriously. Anytime they have to clarify something isn't prevalent, it probably is. These officials are always behind the times.


Jane
Menlo Park
on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Jane, Menlo Park
on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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What about arresting the kid that was buying the mushrooms?


daniel Alves
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm
daniel Alves, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm
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FYI, hallucinogenic drugs are quite common in Paly (I don't know about Gunn) and some of the dealers are actually Paly students.


ummagumma
South of Midtown
on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm
ummagumma, South of Midtown
on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm
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you dont need shrooms as a diet. once may be enough. cannabis is the only ''dafe'' element for human consumption/ of corse, america wants to ''felonize'' nature!


Mayfield Child
Green Acres
on Jun 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Mayfield Child, Green Acres
on Jun 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm
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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush! Don't mention this .... but
Palo Alto youths have ALWAYS had drug and liquor money...


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