Man arrested for allegedly selling LSD-tainted candy

CONYERS - A 20-year-old man was arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday for allegedly selling LSD and other hallucinogens baked into duck-shaped, chocolate candy.

Matthew Jackson, 20, of 1245 Smith Store Road, Covington, was being held in the Rockdale County Jail on Thursday as he awaited a bond hearing. He is charged with the sale of LSD, sale of psilocin, the active ingredient in psilocybin mushrooms, and possession with intent to distribute psilocin, said RCSO Sgt. Matt Wolfe, of the Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Vice Unit.

According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators received information of Jackson selling hallucinogens in Newton and Rockdale counties. With the help from a confidential informant RCSO Narcotics and Vice Unit deputies placed Jackson under surveillance.

The arrest was made when investigators observed a "hand-to-hand" transaction allegedly between Jackson and an unidentified subject at a local grocery store.

Wolfe said the unit's investigation found Jackson had allegedly sold a blotter sheet of LSD and a chocolate candy duck containing Psilocybin Mushrooms for $650 cash.

Jackson's vehicle was searched following his arrest and 74 psilocybin-laced chocolate candy ducks were found in a cooler bag, Wolfe said.

LSD, short for lysergic acid diethylamide, is a psychedelic drug that is uncommon in Rockdale County. Psilocybin-based hallucinogens, such as mushrooms, are even more rare here, Wolfe said.

"This was my first encounter with psilocybin/chocolate candies and, in fact, my first encounter with psilocybin mushrooms," he said. "I have read about cases in other parts of the country, like Michigan and California, where chocolate and mushrooms were mixed. The usual chocolate shapes are stars, fish and ducks."

The chocolate ducks containing the drugs were wrapped in silver and gold foil and appeared to be nothing but candy, Wolfe said. A crushed sample of the chocolate revealed a large amount of finely ground mushroom-like material mixed into the chocolate.

Wolfe said Jackson claimed to be unemployed and a citizen of South Africa. However, $1,200 in cash was recovered from his pants pocket at the time of his arrest.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.