Man arrested for drugs told police he was a shaman
A Beatrice man was arrested for drug offenses after allegedly telling police he was a shaman medicine man.
On Tuesday, Beatrice police using a K-9 intercepted a package of marijuana traveling through a courier service.
Court documents state police conducted a controlled delivery the next day and executed a search warrant at 614 S. Ninth St.
In the residence, Stanley R. Peetoom, 58, led officers to where he hid the marijuana he just received. Officers recovered the marijuana and packaging from the delivery. Court documents state they also located more than 20 marijuana pipes and an envelope with a check addressed to the seller of the marijuana for $420.
Authorities also found reading material, grow lights, irrigation tubing, growing chemicals, shielding, inflatable growing bags, planting material for mushrooms and two active growing beds of suspected psilocybin mushrooms.
When confronted about the items, Peetoom allegedly told police he was a shaman healing medicine man in training and that it was legal for him to possess the items because they were plant based. He also allegedly said the items were for personal use as a sacrament to his religion.
Peetoom was arrested for aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance. His bond was set at $7,500 with a 10 percent deposit. His next hearing is set for Feb. 19.