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Guns, drugs and money were seized in an early morning raid by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Friday. One former Baylor University student and one current student were taken into custody around 1:00a.m..

A high grade of marijuana, a mixture of pills including what they believe is Ecstasy, Ritalin and Hydrocodone and a bottle of Promethazine, which is a cough syrup which is drank to become intoxicated, were found in the apartment. Deputies also seized two loaded guns, a 40. caliber Smith and Wesson pistol and a Mac 9 machine gun with a 30 clip magazine along with more $9,000 in cash.   

Shawn Lippe, Captain of McLennan County Sheriff's Office Organized Crime Unit says, "Those weapons are extremely dangerous. one is I believe a Mac 9 millimeter with a 30 round magazine and that's very dangerous to law enforcement. And that in the hands of people who are dealing with and using hallucinogenic could be even worse."

With all the drugs and weapons, Deputies say the most unusual part was the suspects manufacturing mushrooms. Mushrooms are only considered illegal if they contain the chemical substance Psilocybin. Nine mason jars and a plastic container with mushroom sprouts were also found.

"I have never seen anyone actually manufacturing mushrooms. This is the first time in 11 years of working narcotics that I've ever actually physically seen in someone's home where they were actually producing and going through all the steps to produce mushrooms," said Lippe.

Sheriff's deputies were originally at the apartment near the campus to serve a misdemeanor DWI warrant to one of the suspects when deputies noticed a strong smell of marijuana. They then called McLennan County Sheriff's Office Organized Crime Unit to come out to obtain a warrant and search the apartment.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara says, "This is a dangerous situation combining narcotics, money and weapons. We are very fortunate that none of our officers last night were injured or possible killed."

21-year-old Larry Lee Maldonado and 21-year-old Quinton James Porter have both been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Both men have posted bond and have been released.

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