A West Virginia man accused of trying to ship more than 200 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms from Richmond will see his case go before a Madison County grand jury.

Steve M. Cahill, of Princeton, W.Va., is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for allegedly attempting to ship a box containing two bags of psilocybin mushrooms weighing 118 grams each from the Richmond UPS Store to his home in Princeton.

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Madison District Court, Kentucky State Police Detective Dustin Hon testified that officers were notified July 21 by a manager at the UPS facility in Lexington that a suspicious package had been shipped from the Richmond store the previous day.

The employee said the package was improperly packed and bore a mailing address in Bluefield, W.Va., and a return address in Princeton, Hon testified.

An employee at the Richmond store told police the man who shipped the package claimed it contained cookies and candy, but the package had a strange odor and was the wrong size.

Cahill’s attorney, Wes Browne, asked on cross-examination about a “package lineup” containing the suspicious package and two other boxes that a police canine was used to examine.

Browne asked Hon if the other boxes were identical to the package Cahill allegedly shipped, and if photos or video of the lineup were recorded.

Hon said no pictures were taken of the packages used in the lineup.

Cahill did tell Hon, “you’ve got the right man” when police went to interview him about the package before requesting an attorney, Hon said.

Following the hearing, Judge Charles Hardin found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury. Cahill remains free on bond.

Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694.

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