Felon

The war on drugs was started by a criminal and failed administration with the Controlled Substances Act to repress anti-war protests and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s time for it to end.

My Charge

Count 1 (of 1) On or about December 14, 2019, Mathew D. Haupt knowingly attempted to possess a dangerous drug, to wit: mushrooms containing Psilocyn and/or Psilocybin, in violation of A.R.S. Sections 13-3407.A.1 and B.1, 13-3401, 13-1001, 13-105, 13-303, 13-701, 13-801 and 13-821, a class 5 felony, amended Count 8 of the the Indictment.

Pleading guilty to that one charge has branded me a felon. If we break the word down we get “fel” from Old French meaning “evil” and “on” meaning “one” or effectively “person” What do you think? Am I an “evil one?”

Process & Effects

I had never experienced evil before like that of the criminal injustice system of Cochise County, Arizona, from the Trooper to the prosecutor to the judge. While leaving Bisbee, AZ with my wife who was driving, an ordinary traffic stop on December 14, 2019 turned into a warrantless search of our truck. My wife had her legal marijuana in the car and the cop’s very first words to us were, “Smells like marijuana in here.” Trooper Jeff Richardson found some shrooms and thought he had the bust of the century. (He literally had no clue about mushrooms and continues to have no clue about much to this day I suspect.) Anyway, our truck was confiscated as was my wife’s phone. Four days later our house was raided and they took my phone, our laptops and our dinner (we had some King Trumpet mushrooms in our fridge from the Cambodian woman at our local Farmers Market that we use for a Thai Peanut Ramen dish). Long and painful story short… my wife and I were facing stacked charges involving plant medicine.

Ten months later, the cops still have our truck and other property, my wife did 30 days, and I’m on “indefinite” suspension from duty and pay. The prosecutor, her name is Terisha Driggs, had other options. Arizona has what’s called “Diversion.” People can do diversion programs for drug offenses, but Cochise County is known to be draconian.

During my Settlement Conference, which is meant to find a non-trial resolution, I begged and pleaded for Diversion. When I finished my statement, Terisha Driggs had to abrupty run out to cry in another room. To this day I don’t have a clear understanding of why she was crying; it was my life in the balance. She still would not settle for anything less than branding me a felon. I guess it’s all about conviction rates in Cochise County. I knew what this would mean for my job and our life, but they threaten you with decades of time in jail and cause you to feel very scared.

I hope you never experience the evil of Cochise County Superior Court. My wife’s original plea agreement (we were charged and represented separately) included 30 days in jail. We prepared to meet her sentence with integrity and made plans to get through. A mere two hours before her first Sentencing Hearing, Terisha Driggs spoke with her layer and offered a deal to remove jail time from the agreement if my wife agreed to testify truthfully should I take my case to trial. We were so happy and her sentencing was rescheduled. In the meantime, I accepted my plea. When we appeared for my wife’s second Sentencing Hearing we were unprepared for what happened. The court didn’t honor the change. Judge Conlogue sentenced my wife to 30 days. Evil lurks in Cochise County but we will continue to love.

Just Another Story

Our story is just one of thousands, maybe millions of stories in the war on drugs. But, let me be clear, plants and fungi are not narcotics or dangerous drugs. Narcotics and dangerous drugs are processed and often made in laboratories. The most profitable dangerous drugs are pushed by your doctor or therapist.  The most widespread dangerous drugs are sugar, caffeine, and television which are all addictive unlike cannabis and magic mushrooms.  If you or a loved one are going through anything like this feel free to reach out and contact us. Sometimes it helps just talk to someone who can sympathize.