May 05 about 4:00 p.m. Deputy Ryan Ford was on U.S. 36 near Mooresville when he checked a vehicle at 84 in a 65 and stopped the Indiana car. Probable cause was developed to look further into the car stop and upon doing so the deputy recovered marijuana, 2 loaded handguns, ammunition, and $5,702 in cash which were seized.
The stop resulted in the arrest of Zachary J. Cooper Jr., 33, and Tammara Barnes, 29, both of Indiana for alleged misdemeanor drug violations. Mr. Cooper was also arrested for alleged driving while suspended and excessive speed. Additional investigation is taking place and the report on the alleged weapon(s) violation is being transferred to the NITRO Federal Task Force for additional investigation and considerations by the U.S. Attorney due to specific information obtained. Both persons have since posted bond and are scheduled to appear in Livingston County Associate Circuit Court on June 08, 2016.
The report is being submitted to Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for further consideration on seized evidence.
Deputy Ford was assisted by MSHP Corporal Pithan and Sheriff Steve Cox.