Rachel Morningstar Hoffman knew what jail was like, she didn't want to go back so she became a Confidential Informant (CI) for the inept Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) and ended up dead.
"When Hoffman agreed to help police, she was facing multiple felony charges and was in a diversion program after being caught with more than 20 grams of marijuana, TPD Chief Dennis Jones said". "It is not unusual to have known drug dealers or users offer to assist police in narcotics investigations," Jones said. "Rachel was no exception."
Hoffman was facing charges of possession of ecstasy with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia, Jones said. She agreed to buy 1,500 pills of ecstasy, 2 ounces of cocaine or crack cocaine and a gun from two men, Andrea J. Green and Deneilo Bradshaw, Jones said. The two were arrested in Orlando, more from this source.....
The real story on how the inept TPD coerced and threatened Rachel Morningstar Hoffman with prison time unless she became a CI......
On or about April 17, 2008, employees of the TPD raided the residence of RACHEL HOFFMAN in a drug related search. While waiting for a warrant to be served and before the search began, RACHEL HOFFMAN admitted that marijuana and a handful of nonprescribed pills were inside her apartment and she gave consent to the TPD officers on the scene to search her residence.
Officers seized approximately five ounces of marijuana located around the apartment and in spaces between a couch, a few non-prescribed pills, and paraphernalia. While the search was taking place, TPD Detective Ryan Pender interviewed RACHEL HOFFMAN outside her apartment and told her that she would be subjected to a sentence that would include prison time.
He also told her that she would be arrested, taken into custody, booked into jail, and face felony charges which included possession of marijuana and non-prescribed pills as well as operating a drug house. The only alternative she had to avoid such punishment was to serve the TPD Vice Unit as a confidential informant. She agreed to do so and arrangements were made for her to meet Detective Pender at TPD headquarters the next day.
RACHEL HOFFMAN was never charged with any crimes resulting from the search and seizure at her residence, and the State Attorney's Office for the Second Judicial Circuit for Leon County was never notified of her violation of the Drug Court treatment program requirements or her service as a TPD confidential informant. Likewise, the Leon County Drug Court was never advised of her violation of the terms and conditions of the treatment program or that as a confidential informant for the TPD she would be buying illegal drugs, associating with known criminals, or engaging in drug related activity.
Over the ensuing three weeks, RACHEL HOFFMAN met and communicated with Detective Pender frequently and offered substantial assistance to the TPD. Her motivation was based on representations made by Detective Pender that if she cooperated with the TPD and assisted in the arrest(s) of drug dealers she would be able to avoid all potential charges resulting from the April 17, 2008 raid, and that she would be able to complete her Drug Court treatment program and leave Tallahassee to begin her education in a culinary school.
Detective Pender also advised RACHEL HOFFMAN that she would get more "credit" for her assistance, and therefore expedient leniency, if she would assist the TPD with the apprehension of target suspects dealing in more dangerous street drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, as opposed to marijuana, which would be less "valuable," despite the fact that RACHEL HOFFMAN had never dealt or used cocaine, and had only experimented with ecstasy on one occasion and never sold it. Detective Pender further advised RACHEL HOFFMAN that if a weapon, such as a firearm, were involved in a buy-bust transaction that would mean additional "credit" despite the fact that Rachel had no experience with firearms.
It was readily apparent from the beginning of RACHEL HOFFMAN'S service as a confidential informant that she was not suited for providing such assistance. She made contact with potential targets and attempted to set up transactions without the prior knowledge of TPD. She even disclosed to one target, D.S., and other friends, that she was working as an informant for TPD. Despite these facts, which TPD became aware of, the department chose to continue using RACHEL HOFFMAN as an informant.
Deneilo Bradshaw and Andrea Green knew Rachel Hoffman was a CI before they killed her, she was set up:
RACHEL HOFFMAN identified D.S. as a target, who in turn assisted the TPD with confidential information. D.S. implicated two individuals, Deneilo Bradshaw and Andrea Green, as engaging in illegal drug sales while operating out of their place of employment, an automobile window tinting and detailing shop located on a corner of Tennessee Street in downtown Tallahassee.
Unbeknownst to TPD, RACHEL HOFFMAN and D.S. initiated contact with Bradshaw and Green, whereby D.S. introduced RACHEL HOFFMAN to the two men. TPD became aware of the meeting shortly thereafter and instead of discharging Rachel as a confidential informant, the department simply advised her not to meet with target suspects in the future without prior TPD approval.
A series of communications between RACHEL HOFFMAN and Deneilo Bradshaw took place where it was arranged for Rachel to purchase large quantities of cocaine, ecstasy, and a firearm from Bradshaw for a substantial amount of cash. HOFFMAN and Bradshaw discussed conducting the transaction at either the home of Bradshaw's parents in a suburban neighborhood off Meridian Road or in the parking lot of a nearby retail store located on Thomasville Road.
On or about May 7,2008, an operational and raid plan was prepared by TPD. The plan failed to reflect the terms of the deal or location of the transaction, although the TPD officers involved were briefed that the raid would be at the Bradshaw residence or possibly the retail store. The plan also failed to mention the fact that a firearm would be present. Additionally, despite the fact that the planned transaction was to take place in a geographical area that bordered the city limits, the TPD failed to alert or include the Leon County Sheriff's Office in the operation.
RACHEL HOFFMAN and the officers involved in the buy-bust operation met at TPD headquarters where she was searched and wired for audio surveillance. The TPD technician normally responsible for providing audio technical assistance was not available so Detective Pender undertook the placement of the listening device and its hook-up. At no time was RACHEL HOFFMAN ever provided any training in law enforcement techniques or undercover operations. She was given $13,000 in cash by the TPD to make the purchase.
RACHEL HOFFMAN was totally unfamiliar with the area in which the transaction was to take place and was assured that the officers would assist her in finding the right location. She was also assured that there would be numerous law enforcement officers watching her, including a surveillance airplane, as well as audio monitoring and cellular telephone contact. RACHEL HOFFMAN was promised and reasonably believed that the law enforcement officers involved in the operation would be closely monitoring her safety, and she relied on those representations.
As RACHEL HOFFMAN and the law enforcement officers involved in the operation were departing TPD headquarters to begin the operation, she received a call from either Deneilo Bradshaw or Andrea Green, who TPD did not know would be present for the transaction. At that time, she was instructed by the target suspects that the location for the transaction was to be changed to a parking lot at Forest Meadows Park, a popular and busy public park off North Meridian Road. Detective Pender advised all of the participating officers of the changed location and hurriedly assigned new surveillance locations while en-route to the transaction.
DEA Agent does not get license plate number of drug suspects BMW car, this is a rookie cop mistake.
Driving alone and unfamiliar with the area, RACHEL HOFFMAN initially turned into the wrong entrance for the park. Detective Pender redirected her to the next entrance further north on Meridian Road. Despite the fact that there were nineteen law enforcement officers involved in the operation, that was the last time any of them saw RACHEL HOFFMAN. While believing that she was being listened to and visually monitored, the target suspects kept RACHEL HOFFMAN on her phone and ultimately directed her to follow them down Gardner Road, an isolated and unpopulated side road adjacent to Meridian Road located outside the jurisdiction of TPD. Only one of the nineteen law enforcement officers participating in the operation knew where Gardner Road was.
In the meantime, a DEA agent who had been assigned the surveillance detail for the northern perimeter of the operation was driving south on Meridian Road and reported that he had spotted two males occupying a gray BMW parked in front of the Royalty Plant Nursery. He did not provide a license plate number, and the operation and raid plan failed to mention any identifying information as to the vehicle the target suspects would be driving. Shortly thereafter, a similar looking vehicle pulled into the Forest Meadows parking lot and because the TPD officers conducting the surveillance at the park did not have a license plate number or more detailed information they falsely believed that it was the target suspects' vehicle.
To make matters worse, the DEA agent continued to drive south of the nursery and lost sight of the target suspects' car, which enabled them to met RACHEL HOFFMAN in the nursery parking lot and eventually drive north to Gardner Road, all without the knowledge of the nineteen member surveillance team. By the time Detective Pender was able to finally make contact with RACHEL HOFFMAN on her cell phone she was with the target suspects on Gardner Road. Detective Pender allegedly instructed her to leave the area, but it was too late. The officer heard no response and her phone went silent.
While sitting alone in her vehicle on Gardner Road, RACHEL HOFFMAN was shot with multiple rounds of gunfire and sustained bullet entries to her upper torso and head. She died of multiple gun shot wounds from the very gun that she was to have purchased, which TPD knew had been stolen just two days earlier. The target suspects fled the scene with her body and car and despite the presence of the nineteen member surveillance team with surveillance aircraft, Bradshaw and Green successfully escaped.
As this disastrous operation unfolded, the TPD Lieutenant responsible for monitoring the operation by radio at TPD headquarters paid little attention to what had transpired because she was distracted with a computer audit. Consequently, she offered no assistance to the operation, read more of this report...............