BY JENNIFER CABRERA
MICANOPY, Fla. – Rachel Suzanne Morgan, 42, of Oregon, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor following a traffic stop on I-75 near Micanopy.
A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper reportedly saw Morgan’s Honda swerving between lanes, initiated a traffic stop, and found two women, Morgan and her mother, in the car. Morgan was reportedly driving when the car was pulled over. The trooper reported that there was a single 9mm round in the center console in plain view. He wrote that because Morgan was “restless and could not sit still,” he asked her to get out of the car; he then called for backup.
Morgan reportedly told the trooper that she was on her way to “New Port” for a sheetrock job and had been driving from Oregon for a week with her mother.
Another trooper arrived with a K-9, and the K-9 sniffed around the vehicle and alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics. Morgan and her mother were detained while troopers conducted a probable cause search of the car. The search reportedly found 117.3 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 124.1 grams of methamphetamine, 68 grams of marijuana, 39 clonidine hydrochloride pills (not prescribed to Morgan), 83.6 grams of an unknown brown powdery substance that will be sent to FDLE for testing, a Ruger LCR 38 Special, 63 rounds of 38 Special ammunition, and one round of 9mm ammunition.
Troopers learned from a records check that Morgan is a convicted felon who is not permitted to possess firearms.
Post Miranda, Morgan said that anything found in the car belonged to her; her mother was not arrested.
Morgan has been charged with smuggling methamphetamine into the state, trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, trafficking in synthetic narcotics, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, bringing a hallucinogen into the state, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of drug equipment, possession of a harmful new legend drug, and smuggling marijuana into the state. Morgan has a criminal history in Oregon and California stretching from 1999 to 2017; Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $525,500.
Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.