WOODBURY — A joint investigation by several south Jersey police departments helped find a man who investigators say was developing thousands of dollars worth of illegal mushrooms and other drugs.

According to the Woodbury City Police Department, Kalief Tyler, 24, was taken into custody after the agencies executed a search warrant at his home on August 3. During that time police said they found two ounces of "fully grown" psilocybin mushrooms, which are a schedule 1 narcotic.

Police also reported finding 70 mason jars with mushrooms in various stages of development in an inoculation chamber, and three large containers of mushrooms in the early stages of development. Officers also reported finding an imitation, gun as well as drug paraphernalia, and what investigators believed was baggies of cocaine.

After his arrest Tyler was charged with maintaining/operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession of a controlled dangerous substance for the mushrooms, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance for the cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school zone.

In addition to the drug charges he was also charged with possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon during a drug offense.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Hazardous Response Team estimated the total value of the drugs to be close to $10,000.

Tyler was processed by the Woodbury Police Department before being taken to the Salem County Jail.

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