PRESS RELEASE, 5/9/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces trafficking charges for sale of “mushrooms” to former Terrace Park resident Collin Barton

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that Indian Hill resident Andrew Weber (DOB 11-20-91) has been charged with 4 counts of Trafficking in Drugs.    In count 1, Weber is accused of selling psilocin (“mushrooms”) to former Terrace Park resident Collin Barton on March 17, 2012 (ORC 2925.03 (A) (1)/Felony 3). He is also accused of selling marihuana to another juvenile on May 4 and May 5, 2012 (ORC 2925.03 (A) (1)/Felony 4).  In count 4, he is charged with having marihuana in his home prepared for distribution (ORC 2925.03 (A) (2)/Felony 5).  If convicted of all charges, Weber faces the possibility of 7 years in prison.

Today’s charges accuse Weber of selling psilocin to Mr. Barton on March 17th for approximately $80.00. 

On March 20, 2012, Mr. Barton’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the 8600 block of Wooster Pike.  Toxicology results showed that psilocin, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in his system.

During the early morning hours of March 18th, Mr. Barton left a residence in Mariemont and was, presumably, headed toward his home in Terrace Park.  His body was discovered on the route from Mariemont to Terrace Park.

There was a police investigation into a possible collision between a motor vehicle and Mr. Barton.  That investigation is now closed and no charges will be filed.

Today’s other charges accuse Mr. Weber of selling marihuana to a juvenile last weekend and having marihuana in his home.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Do I think that the ingestion of mushrooms was the proximate cause of Collin’s death? No.  However, because he was under the influence of the mushrooms that Weber sold to him, Collin took risks he otherwise might not have taken.”