Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Jackson made three of the stops, which resulted in felony charges against four people.

New Cooper County Prosecutor Eric Phelps has filed charges against seven different people since Jan. 4 for felony drug charges stemming from Missouri State Highway Patrol traffic stops on Interstate 70 in Cooper County.

The charges come from five stops between Nov. 16 and Jan. 1. One stop resulted in felony delivery of marijuana charges, three stops resulted in felony possession of marijuana charges, two stops resulted in felony charges for having guns and drugs, and one stop resulted in felony charges for possession of methamphetamine.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Jackson made three of the stops, which resulted in felony charges against four people.

Tzenevrakis and Chipps

Two Colorado residents are facing charges of felony delivery of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper found marijuana in their car during a November traffic stop.

Adam Vincent Chipps, 39, and Rodopi Tzenevrakis, 54, both of Greeley, Colorado, were found with 4.5 pounds of marijuana and various other forms of marijuana, including one gram of marijuana wax and 25 gummies, according to a probable cause statement.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Michels stopped Chipps as he drove a gray Nissan Sentra eastbound near the 93-mile marker of Interstate 70, around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Michels wrote in a probable cause statement that he was watching traffic on I-70 when he noticed Chipps staring straight ahead and sitting “very rigid, sitting straight up, with his back away from the seat back.” He wrote that he saw Tzenevrakis in the passenger seat sitting the same way.

Michels wrote that he thought it was unusual that neither Chipps nor Tzenevrakis looked over at his patrol car and another parked next to him in the median.

“This behavior seemed suspicious to me,” Michels wrote. “All other drivers passing our location appeared relaxed and would look over at us.”

Michels started to follow the car and saw it “drifting within its lane.” The car passed a tractor-trailer, then merged back into the left lane. Just west of exit 103, Michels saw the Nissan cross over the line between lanes, and he pulled it over at the exit.

Tzenevrakis told Michels the car was a rental, and offered to show the rental agreement on a cell phone. When she closed the GPS map open on the phone, Michels said he saw a picture of Chipps holding “a marijuana bud approximately 12 inches” long. He asked Chipps about the picture.

“Yeah, we’re from Colorado, man, it’s all around out there,” Chipps said, according to the probable cause statement.

Michels asked Chipps for permission to search his car. Chipps said no, because he didn’t think Michels had any reason to search. Michels said he explained the reason for the search to Chipps, but he does not say in the statement what reasons were offered. Chipps then gave Michels permission to search the car, he wrote in the probable cause statement.

While searching the car, Michels said he noticed the smell of marijuana. Tzenevrakis said she and Chipps “worked in the industry” harvesting marijuana in Colorado. She pulled off one of her shoes and showed Michels marijuana “plant material” inside the shoe, he wrote in the probable cause statement. Michels wrote that he found marijuana in the trunk of the car.

Kristin Anderson

A Columbia woman is facing charges of felony marijuana possession and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia after troopers reportedly found 65 grams of marijuana in her car during a December traffic stop.

Kristin Sierra Anderson, 24, of Columbia, was driving a black Toyota Corolla eastbound on Interstate 70 near the 93 mile marker when Trooper Nathan Wallace saw her slow down as she passed him. The rear license lamp on the Corolla was out, so Wallace started to follow Anderson, he wrote. He stopped her at the 101-mile marker for a license plate lamp violation at around 9 p.m. Dec. 9.

Wallace said he smelled the “overwhelming odor of marijuana” coming from the Corolla. Anderson said she had about one ounce of marijuana in the back seat and a digital scale, which she said was unrelated, Wallace wrote.

John and Destiny Groves

Two Kansas City residents are facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of weapon after they were found with methamphetamine and two Ruger 9 m.m. handguns during a traffic stop on I-70.

John Groves, 46, and Destiny Groves, 30, of Kansas City, were stopped around 9 a.m. on Dec. 17 around the 95 mile marker of I-70. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Johnson reportedly saw John Groves driving a white Nissan Maxima with no forward-facing license plates, and pulled him over, according to a probable cause statement.

Johnson wrote in the probable cause statement that Destiny Groves was making “furtive movements,” moving things around under the seat as he walked up to the car. John Groves told Johnson he just bought the car and hadn’t registered it yet.

Destiny Groves continued to act strange, and Johnson wrote she seemed like she had been using methamphetamine. Johnson asked John Groves if anything in the car might hurt him, and Groves said there was a handgun. Johnson asked to search the car, and Groves said, “I don’t mind,” according to the statement.

Destiny Groves admitted to having methamphetamine and John Groves told Johnson there was a pill bottle between the front seats with drugs. The pill bottle contained methamphetamine and several kinds of pills, including the prescription anxiety medication diazepam and the antibiotic amoxicillin, Johnson wrote in the statement. He found two, loaded Ruger 9 m.m. handguns in the car.

Jacob Schmid

A Maryland man is facing a felony charge of possessing marijuana and two felony charges of unlawful use of weapon after he was found with two pounds of marijuana, four marijuana plants, a shotgun and a rifle.

Jacob Matthew Schmid, 28, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, was stopped while driving his Ford E450 van eastbound on I-70 near the 98 mile marker around 10 a.m. on Dec. 27. Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Johnson said he saw Schmid drive onto the shoulder five times between the 95 and 98 mile markers.

Johnson wrote in a probable cause statement that Schmid admitted he had marijuana. Johnson found two pounds of marijuana, a Remington 870 shotgun and a Chiappa .22 caliber rifle in the van. He also found an area where Schmid had set up four marijuana plants to dry, Johnson wrote in the statement.

Christian Paul

A Cincinatti man is facing a felony charge of possession of marijuana after highway patrol Sergeant Steven Johnson found 3.5 ounces of “THC products” in his blue Toyota Corolla when he stopped him around 11 a.m. on Jan 1.

Johnson saw Christian A. Paul, 45, of Cincinnati, Ohio, following a black Chevrolet Suburban from closer than two car lengths behind “at multiple points” between the 103 and 105 mile markers on I-70, he wrote in a probable cause statement.

Johnson wrote that Paul gave him consent to search the car, and he found 3.5 ounces of “THC products” in the trunk. Paul admitted that he bought the drugs and hid them in his trunk, Johnson wrote in the statement.

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