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.
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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