An Ocala woman whose Cadillac was stopped for speeding and her passenger were arrested on drug charges late Thursday, and the passenger is being held without bond on a warrant for numerous probation violations.
Elizabeth Devin McGraw Johnson, 37, and 31-year-old Justin Michael Thiel – both of 7 Cedar Tree Place – were charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug equipment. A Marion County sheriff’s deputy stopped the 2018 Cadillac on SE Juniper Road after pacing it at 36 mph in a 30-mph zone.
During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Thiel had an active warrant in Marion County for violation his probation for dealing in stolen property, falsification of ownership to a secondhand dealer, driving while license suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude police with disregard for safety, grand theft, possession of instruments for forging bills, and possession of heroin, according to the sheriff’s office report.
When McGraw Johnson and Thiel were asked to step out of the vehicle, the deputy could see in plain view a clear plastic bag with a clear rock-like substance on the floorboard. When Thiel was placed in the back of a patrol car, he spontaneously said he wanted to admit something and said there were drugs in the vehicle, the report said.
In addition to the rock-like substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine, the search also turned up a black bag containing multiple syringes and a clear bottle with a rock-like substance that also tested positive for meth, according to the report.
After being read their Miranda rights, both McGraw Johnson and Thiel declined to give statements about what was found in the vehicle. They were taken to Marion County Jail, where McGraw Johnson is being held on $3,000 bond. Both will appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 11.