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A Georgia man accused of selling psilocybin mushrooms in the parking lot of an Elkton car wash pleaded guilty Friday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Evan Locke Westbrook, 28, of Clayton, Ga., pleaded guilty to felony drug manufacturing.

Judge T.J. Wilson scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 5.

The investigation into Westbrook began on Sept. 12, 2018 when an Elkton police officer received a tip that a man in a white van was selling mushrooms to get money for gas.

Later that night, an undercover officer spotted a vehicle that matched the description parked at a car wash on Wirt Avenue.

The officer approached the Ford transit van and talked to the suspect, later identified as Westbrook.

After the officer approached, Westbrook pulled out a glass mason jar from a satchel inside a compartment in the vehicle, according to an affidavit for a search warrant for Westbrook’s belongings.

The affidavit states the jar contained mushrooms, which the officer believed to contain the psychedelic compound psilocybin.

Westbrook offered to sell the jar to the officer for $180 and to throw in some marijuana to sweeten the deal, according to the affidavit.

The officer then arrested Westbrook.

Westbrook is free on bond from the Rockingham County Jail.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6267 or pdelea@dnronline.com. Follow Pete on Twitter @pdelea_DNR

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