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Pregnant woman facing methamphetamine charge

BUCKHANNON — A pregnant woman who had three minor children in the vehicle and was allegedly under the influence of meth and marijuana while she was driving to deliver meth to her boyfriend was arrested Wednesday following a traffic stop.

Morgan M. Moore, 30, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, a felony, DUI of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and DUI with minor, a misdemeanor, by deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy spotted a silver Ford Escape traveling east on Morton Avenue with an inspection sticker of 12/2019, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Gordon initiated a traffic stop and identified Morgan as the driver. Morgan was “very excited and displayed erratic behavior while speaking to this officer and attempting to locate her driver’s license…,” according to Gordon. The deputy noticed Morgan had obviously diluted pupils and observed a clear plastic baggie inside Morgan’s wallet which she attempted to conceal but then handed over to Gordon.

“This officer observed what appeared to be meth residue inside the baggie,” Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Gordon asked Morgan to step out of the vehicle and Morgan complied but continued to display erratic behavior by being unable to follow the deputy’s directions to stop reaching into her pockets and by trying to get back in her vehicle to look for things. Morgan displayed multiple signs of impairment on the standard field sobriety tests and admitted to snorting me at approximately 11 a.m. and smoking marijuana around 3 p.m. on the same date.

Inside the vehicle, Gordon discovered a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the console, a small baggie of suspected meth inside a cigarette pack on the passenger seat of the vehicle. Morgan allegedly admitted to being on her way to deliver the suspected meth to her boyfriend, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $17,500 for the three charges.

Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, carries one to five years in prison and/or fined not more than $15,000. DUI of a controlled substance carries confinement in jail for one day to six months and a fine of $100 to $500. The penalty for DUI with minor is two days to 12 months in jail and a fine of $200 to $1,000.