Two arrested for drugs, paraphernalia following traffic stop
Two people were arrested Monday night in St. Helens following a traffic stop by a Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputy on West Kappler Road.
Juanita Marie Vickers, 31, of Scappoose, and Matthew Cooper, 37, of Portland, were arrested Monday, Feb. 5, on various charges after CCSO conducted a traffic stop that resulted in a search of the vehicle and the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
A CCSO deputy conducted a traffic stop on West Kappler Road, near Brinn Road, and discovered Cooper, who was driving the vehicle, did not have a valid driver's license. Cooper was also found to be on probation out of Multnomah County for felon in possession of a weapon. Cooper is also a registered sex offender, a release from CCSO stated.
During the traffic stop, the deputy requested a search of Cooper for weapons after the man began to approach the deputy. Cooper was found to have a concealed, spring-assisted knife in his pocket and was taken into custody.
The deputy also questioned Vickers, who was a passenger in the vehicle, who initially gave false information before identifying herself. Vickers was found to have two active warrants — a felony warrant from Washington County and misdemeanor warrant from Multnomah County. She was also taken into custody.
After using the CCSO K9 Lars to conduct an exterior search of the vehicle for drugs, investigators obtained a search warrant. Inside the vehicle, deputies located 23 grams of methamphetamine, Psilocybin mushrooms, a scale, several small baggies typically used for packaging methamphetamine, and a BB gun, the press release indicates.
Cooper was booked into the Columbia County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a restricted weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and a probation violation detainer.
Vickers was booked into the jail on the two open warrants with no bail and was booked and released on one charge of giving false information to police officers.