Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia

Vigo County – At approximately 6:45 p.m., on April 4, 2021, Trooper Andrew Mattern was patrolling near US 41 and Johnson Drive, when he stopped a passenger vehicle.  The driver was identified as Tessa Cooprider, age 39, of Terre Haute. A driver’s license check revealed Cooprider had a suspended driver’s license.  Suspicious activity was detected, and a consent search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search of Cooprider’s vehicle, Trooper Mattern located marijuana vape pens, paraphernalia, digital scales, plastic baggies, two hypodermic needles and methamphetamine.  Cooprider was taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County Jail, where she is currently being detained.

Arrested and Charges:  Tessa Cooprider, 39, Terre Haute

  • Dealing methamphetamine, Felony 4
  • Possession of hypodermic syringe, Felony 6
  • Maintaining a common nuisance, Felony 6
  • Possession of methamphetamine, Felony 6
  • Driving while suspended (prior), Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Assisting Officers:  Trooper Erik Smith and Trooper Matthew Rea of the Putnamville State Police Post.

Photo:  Tessa Cooprider

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