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      Columbia residents face drug charges after traffic stop

      Teri M. Stratton is facing charges for Delivery and Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

      Two Columbia residents are facing drug distribution charges after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Centralia turned up a pound of marijuana and weapons in their vehicle.

      According to Centralia Police Chief Larry Dudgeon, officers stopped driver Teri M. Stratton and passenger Jonathon C. Peppersack along Missouri Highway 22. A prominent smell of Marijuana prompted officers to search the vehicle. Beneath the driver's seat, officers found one pound of highly processed Marijuana packaged in 16 plastic bags, a nine millimeter handgun, and a K-Bar style knife with a seven inch blade.

      The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Stratton with Distribution and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, as well as Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Stratton is in the Boone County Jail on a $59,000 bond.

      Peppersack was charged with Distribution and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. He remains in the Boone County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

      The suspected Marijuana in this case will be submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Laboratory for analysis.