According to an report filed at the Police Department, the incident occurred around 12:45 p.m., near mile marker 59 of Interstate 81. Cpl. Tim Horne states he witnessed a 1994 Ford van with New York tags fail to yield, and initiated a stop.
Horne reports that while speaking with the driver and passengers, he smelled a mixture of raw marijuana and psilocybin, or psychedelic mushrooms. Horne stated in his report that he was familiar with the scent of the substances due to his training and prior experiences.
The driver was asked to step back to Horne's cruiser as he wrote a citation for failure to yield. A K-9 unit responded to the scene, and the dog's handler advised narcotics were detected in the vehicle.
A search of the van found a red box tucked behind the second row of seats. It contained a pipe, digital scales, and what appeared to be one baggie each of marijuana and mushrooms.
Horne reports a folded piece of aluminum foil was also discovered. When unfolded it contained multi-colored pieces of paper that were subdivided, consistent with blotter doses of LSD.
The van's owner, Pietro Biondi, 27, of New York, claimed ownership of the contraband. He was arrested and transported to Kingsport City Jail.