Police: Man stopped for expired tag admits mushroom in glovebox


Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

A tearful Gainesville man was led to jail Wednesday after police say he volunteered during a traffic stop that he had found a psychedelic mushroom and put it in his glovebox, intending later to get high.

Derrick S. Ratliff, 24, of 4348 SW 69th Terrace, was charged with possession of Psilocybin, a third-degree felony, after a Gainesville Police Department officer stopped his car in the 200 block of Southeast First Street for an expired tag and then found, after his admission, the mushroom in the glovebox.

Ratliff initially denied consent to search his vehicle, police reported, and appeared nervous. A canine later alerted on the car, police said, and before a search could begin, Ratliff started crying and admitted to possession of the mushroom, which he said he found in a field and intended to ingest to get high.

After his arrest, Ratliff was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Thursday without bond.

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