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NAHA, Okinawa — A 20-year-old sailor assigned to Camp Hansen was given a 30-month prison sentence here Tuesday, suspended for three years, for smuggling hallucinogenic mushrooms into Japan.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Trent Riley, a corpsman, pleaded guilty in March to receiving a package containing 50.5 grams of mushrooms containing psilocybin, a psychoactive compound, through the Japanese postal system.

He had ordered the mushrooms over the Internet from a supply house in the Netherlands. He was arrested by Okinawa police on Jan. 15 when the package was delivered to his off-base home in Okinawa City.

In sentencing Riley, Naha District Court Judge Hiroyuki Yoshii said he ordered the prison sentence suspended because Riley had no prior record and said the mushrooms were for his own use. Riley had admitted during a hearing in March that he planned to ingest the mushrooms with his wife to “have fun” before his scheduled deployment to Iraq in April.

Although Japan listed hallucinogenic mushrooms, popularly known as “magic mushrooms,” as a controlled substance in 2002, making the use, sale, possession, growing and advertising of the mushrooms illegal, Yoshii said he was not convinced Riley knew the drug was illegal in Japan.

Riley still faces disciplinary action from the military.


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