Man found dead in grow house identified

A man who died in a "magic mushroom" grow house Friday was identified Monday.

Nathan Davis Whitman, 47, was found about 1 a.m. at an apartment at 840 King Richard Ave., just east of McCarran International Airport.

When officers arrived, they discovered the grow operation, which they said contained a "good size" psilocybin mushroom manufacturing lab.

Police said several ounces of the hallucinogenic fungus already were processed and ready for sale.

There were about 15 large mushrooms growing in aquariums used for cultivation, police said. Hallucinogenic mushrooms have a street value of about $200 an ounce, police said.

The drug is similar in effect to LSD, with the potential to cause intense panic, terror and paranoia, authorities said.

Whitman's cause of death had not been determined by the county coroner's office. Police do not suspect foul play.

A roommate of Whitman's who found the body was not arrested.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.


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