A woman who received multiple charges for possessing a number of prohibited drugs had one of the charges dropped when testing revealed there were no actual drugs in any of the 45 capsules she claimed contained "magic mushroom".
Zeana Joyce Johnson, 49, of Hale Street, had come to the attention of police on December 21 when she had failed to indicate when merging between lanes on Summer Street.
After flagging Johnson down and conducting a road-side breath test, officers had "detected an odour of cannabis emanating from the cabin of the vehicle".
Upon being asked if there were any drugs in the white Ford ute she was driving, Johnson replied, "Yeah, there is a bong and some weed".
During a search of her vehicle, officers found 6 grams of cannabis leaf, 0.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, MDMA and 45 green and yellow capsules.
The latter of which were mostly inside a large resealable bag. Johnson told police the capsules contained psilocybin - a naturally occurring psychedelic prodrug compound that is more commonly known as "magic mushroom".
She said she had grown the fungus herself for her own use and had no intention of selling it.
Johnson was arrested and charged with four counts of possessing a prohibited drug, and all four varieties were sent off for forensic testing.
For two of these charges - possessing cannabis and meth - she was convicted on January 12.
For the offence of possessing MDMA, Johnson was convicted in Orange Local Court on Monday.
Police documents which were tendered to court revealed that the fourth charge relating to the 45 capsules of "magic mushroom" had been dropped after forensic testing found they contained "no traces of psilocybin".
Johnson did not appear in Orange Local Court when she was convicted for possessing MDMA - the third and last of the prohibited drug offences from December 21.
For this offence she was also fined $330 by magistrate David Day.
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