Laporte man facing drug charges for cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms

A Laporte man is facing drug charges after being caught with large quantities of cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms.

Nicholas Bialke, 20. Photo courtesy of the Hubbard County Jail.

The criminal complaint says the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on 20-year-old Nicholas Bialke last month.

Officers found 766 grams of cocaine and 104 grams of psychedelic mushrooms inside the home on Highway 71, as well as a 9mm handgun underneath the bed.

Around $2,600 was found in Bialke’s car.

Bialke has numerous pending charges in Hubbard and Clearwater counties, including fifth-degree drug possession, DWI, and first-degree burglary.

The pending burglary charge makes Bialke ineligible to possess a firearm.

Bialke will make his next court appearance in June.


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