Prosecutors: Lacey Township woman employs underage son to help in drug operation

Prosecutors say Margaret Whalen was the legal guardian of three children who lived with her at the time when she manufactured and distributed psilocybin mushrooms from her residence.

Lanette Espy

Jun 7, 2024, 12:58 PM

Updated 17 days ago

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A woman from Lacey Township is accused of using her home to grow and sell drugs. Ocean County prosecutors say she even employed an underage kid in her care to help in the operation.
Authorities say they were alerted back in March that Margaret Whalen, 60, was using her residence on Elwood Street to manufacture and distribute psilocybin mushrooms. When authorities searched Whalen’s home, they say detectives seized several jars that were later revealed to be tested positive as psilocybin mushrooms.
Prosecutors say Whalen was the legal guardian of three children who lived with her at the time when she manufactured and distributed psilocybin mushrooms from her residence.
Further investigation revealed that Whalen employed one of the minors to manufacture and distribute the narcotics, prosecutors say.
Whalen is facing several drug charges and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held at Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.


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