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Pressure Cooker, Chemicals Found In Home During Drug Search

5:28 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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  • First responders at a home on Regents Park Lane where deputies found suspicious materials during a drug raid. May 3, 2013.
  • Seid Michael Mostafavi, Seyed Jafar Mostafavi

Greensboro, NC -- The bomb squad has given an all-clear to residents in a Greensboro neighborhood after what authorities originally believed was a bomb threat in a home on Regents Park Lane.

Deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office served a warrant Friday morning on the 3000 block of Regents Park Lane to people they believed were growing marijuana. During their search of the home around 10 am, investigators saw several signs that concerned them, leading to their decision to call the bomb squad.

They said there was a room sealed with plastic. In the home was a pressure cooker and unfamiliar chemicals. 

Police, firefighters and medics were all dispatched to the home. The special teams' robot was sent inside. 

Investigators determined the pressure cooker and chemicals were used to make synthetic mushrooms. Mason jar lids were found inside the pressure cooker being sterilized.

Deputies arrested and charged: Seid Michael Mostafavi and Seyed Jafar Ahmad Mostafavi. Both were charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Psilocybin (Synthetic Mushrooms), Manufacturing Psilocybin, Manufacturing Marijuana and Conspiracy to Manufacture.

For several hours, officers closed the area at the intersection of Lawndale Drive. Nearby homes were evacuated while the investigation was being conducted.

Roads have since reopened and people were allowed to go back home.

Update (5/6/13): Information not attributed to deputies' claims regarding how the chemicals and devices could be used has been removed from this story.

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