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Hiram Township woman admits to growing hallucinogenic mushrooms

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: January 23, 2013 4:00 AM
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A Hiram Township woman caught growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in the presence of a toddler during a drug raid in February 2012 has pleaded guilty to three felony charges.

Margo M. Koeser, 43, with a last known address of 5645 S.R. 82, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana, both second-degree felonies, and one count of child endangering, a third-degree felony, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

A sentencing hearing will be held in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom after a pre-sentence investigation is completed. Koeser was facing eight felony drug and child endangerment charges at a trial scheduled to begin today.

Koeser and her boyfriend, Travis E. Steele, 39, were arrested Feb. 15 by the Portage County Drug Task Force after an investigation into the illegal sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana in northern Portage County.

Drug agents found a trap door in the floor of a bedroom belonging to a 3-year-old girl.

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That led them to a room where hallucinogenic mushrooms were being grown and stored. Agents seized several pounds of mushrooms along with 14 marijuana plants, $770 in cash, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a lawn tractor, electronics and drug paraphernalia all purchased with the profits of drug sales, according to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.

The property at 5645 S.R. 82 was not forfeited because of a number of tax liens on it, prosecutors said.

Steele pleaded guilty to three felony charges and is serving an eight-year prison term that is set to expire in 2020, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

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anonymous Jan 23, 2013 9:15 PM

this is like the 10th time i have seen this big drug story article about two Hiram drug dealers who don't seem to have much except a harley and a lawn mower to there names.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 7:25 PM

Did anyone see Major "CHAOS" Kelly chasing a younger woman down the isle at giant eagle in Ravenna two days ago? Kelly was not in his uniform and he appeared to be in distress. His wig was a flyin! I must agree blowpop, seems to be alot of fleecing going on at the Sheriff's Office. Whats the deal with this herbert fellow? you seem to have some inside info. I've done alittle research on this Commander Limbert and I must state, I'm not impressed at all! Seems to me Limbert escaped prosecution several times in Summit County and found a new home!

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 7:39 AM

C'mon O'Brien this is the 3rd time for this story, you could of ran a story like" Portage county agent Josh Herbert stole cash from evidence room" or "portage county Sheriff purchase new cruisers that sit 7 months unused"! Or "Portage county sheriff hires 4th agent to sent to the task force to do the job that one should handle"! My question is instead of having 4 agents at the task force ,why not have one like normal and have the other 3 on the road to help the call overload and schedule conflicts? There is already 5-6 other agents at the task force, 1 each from the other departments! Why does the sheriff need to waste money and have 4 employees down there? My only logical answer is it takes 4 deputies to play a good hand of rummy!