Om Shan Tea Owner Sentenced for LSD, MDMA Dealing

As previously reported, Oshan Cook was tried and convicted of conspiring to sell ecstasy, possessing ecstasy with the intent to distribute it, and possessing more than 10 grams of LSD with the intent to distribute it. You may not know Cook’s name off the top of your head but his ultra-zen former establishment might ring a bell. The 35-year-old owned Om Shan Tea in the Mission District.

Om Shan Tea was a mixed bag in itself (just check out the Yelp reviews) but it appears that the food and tea emporium is turning over a new leaf. As Eater reports, the space will soon be turned into gastropub Mission Public. As for Cook himself, he’s been sentenced to over 12 years in prison. As the Ex reports, Cook was one of four people charged during a US DEA drug buy-bust in Oakland that occurred a little over three years ago.

At the time, Cook had about 630 grams of ecstasy and 39.9 grams of liquid LSD, making him the supplier in the deal. An initial mistrial delayed the case and ultimately resulted in a guilty ruling. So far Cook is the only one out of the three whose case went to trial. The other suspects pled guilty. Two were sentenced to 5+ years in prison while another was sentenced to 18 months.

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  • A standard LSD dose is about 100 micrograms according to Erowid. So that’s approximately 400,000 doses — quite a bit of LSD. (Or should we say LSTea?)

    • anonymouse

      That’s liquid so its mostly water ; about 798 metric drops, each one being a ‘dose’ and 1.4 lbs of mdma, that’s about 125-250 at high/moderate dose …A lot of good life, time and medicine wasted…

  • A standard LSD dose is about 100 micrograms according to Erowid. So that’s approximately 400,000 doses — quite a bit of LSD. (Or should we say LSTea?)

    • anonymouse

      That’s liquid so its mostly water ; about 798 metric drops, each one being a ‘dose’ and 1.4 lbs of mdma, that’s about 125-250 at high/moderate dose …A lot of good life, time and medicine wasted…

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  • Waste of state resources.

    • Segue

      Actually it was a federal trial so it was federal resources. Every testifying officer, ‘expert’ or witness was being paid to be there and there were like 15 of them. With the lawyer costs and all of that, I was sort of amazed by the trouble and expense they were willing to go through just to imprison the gentle owner of a tea house on circumstantial evidence. It weirded me out. I wondered, gee where do they get all this money? An awful lot of trouble and expense (imprisoning him too) for no benefit to society.

  • Waste of state resources.

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    I was at both trials. There was some fishy stuff involving the DEA. Just because the second jury decided that Oshan was guilty does not negate the uncertainty aspects of the trial, including that no fingerprints of Oshan’s were found on any of the drugs. And that Oshan’s backpack was transferred locations in a DEA car driven by a driver that remain unidentified throughout 2 trials. Any DEA agent fingerprints do no have to be discussed in the trial.

    • Stephen Zyszkiewicz

      The officer lied that he was present in the first trial, and here they discuss the search and fishiness with the backpack. There’s so much disgusting stuff going on here from the law itself, to the officer lying, possible fishiness with the backpack and search and seizure, and not taking the not guilty verdict of the first trial!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8AMl58xwfw

      • Segue

        Well, um technically the first trial was a hung jury, that’s why it went to trial a second time. While the DEA may have suspected the defendant of distribution due to his associations, the DEA has also had every opportunity to plant evidence where none existed. A lot of energy goes into a bust, and they don’t like to come out of it empty-handed. I’m not saying that I know for sure what went down, but it really bothered me deeply the way that the backpack was handled…and the way that no DEA officer could recall the identity of the driver during both trials.

        Thanks for sharing the link BTW.

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    I was at both trials. There was some fishy stuff involving the DEA. Just because the second jury decided that Oshan was guilty does not negate the uncertainty aspects of the trial, including that no fingerprints of Oshan’s were found on any of the drugs. And that Oshan’s backpack was transferred locations in a DEA car driven by a driver that remain unidentified throughout 2 trials. Any DEA agent fingerprints do no have to be discussed in the trial.

  • Stephen Zyszkiewicz

    but their drinks and vegan food made you feel so happy… and now a gastropub? it’s just not right