Men accused of trespassing to search for psychedelic mushrooms

Men had plastic bag, folding knife


PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Two men were arrested on allegations of trespassing onto property with cattle while searching for Psilocybin (or psychedlic) mushrooms.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called Wednesday at 1:13 p.m. to 2006 Ides Road in Port Orange in response to a trespasser complaint.

When deputies arrived, they said they found two men, Jason Sierka, 32, and Kenneth Murphy, 37, both of DeLand, inside a fenced area that contained numerous cattle, as well as two posted no trespassing signs.

The pair said they were there because they heard gunshots and decided to check on the cattle, according to deputies. Both men had a white plastic bag and a folding knife in their pockets, deputies said.

Authorities contacted the owner of the property, who provided security camera photos of Sierka and Murphy trespassing on the property, officials said.

Deputies said Murphy’s mother, Cora Murphy, 68, of Daytona Beach, said she drove the two to the property to look for mushrooms.

Murphy and Sierka were placed into custody and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail without incident.