Hunting mushrooms without consent leads to drug, weapons charges

HAMILTON Co., Ind.— Indiana Conservation Officers arrested two individuals for hunting mushrooms without consent, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and resisting law enforcement.

Indiana Conservation Officers had received complaints of trespassing from a landowner in the 21600 block of Cyntheanne Road.

Conservation Officers Bill Doss and Jordan Brand were watching the property this morning when two individuals were dropped off at the road and began walking on the property, collecting mushrooms.

Doss and Brand identified themselves and approached the two men, Robert Ferrand, Jr. , 41, of Greefield and Timothy Apple, 35, of Pendleton.

As the Officers approached the men fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Doss and Brand caught the suspects.

In addition to having a bag of mushrooms, they were also found to be in possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, and multiple firearms. During the pursuit, Ferrand had thrown his firearm, which was later recovered by the Officers. While Ferrand had a permit for his firearm, Apple did not have a permit for his.

Both men were arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

While attempting to flee from the Officers through the woods, Ferrand tripped and fell, resulting in a facial laceration. He was taken to Riverview Hospital to receive treatment prior to being transported to the Jail.

Both men had been cited by Conservation Officers in the past for multiple violations, including hunting without consent. Both also admitted to having knowingly trespassed on this property in the past while hunting for mushrooms.

Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind the public that no matter what you are hunting, whether it is deer, turkey, or mushrooms; when you are on private property you must have permission from the landowner to do so.

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