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Early-morning chase in Mason City nets 2 arrests for marijuana, eluding
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Early-morning chase in Mason City nets 2 arrests for marijuana, eluding


MASON CITY | A Mason City man and woman were arrested early Friday for eluding law enforcement and possessing 10 baggies of marijuana.

Carlos Levelle Cooper, 34, was arrested on two warrants and was also charged with felony controlled substance violation - possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and misdemeanor interference with official acts.

Vanessa Fandohan, 33, was charged with misdemeanor eluding.

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Police say Fandohan attempted to flee a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's deputy on Delaware Avenue, Fifth Street Northeast, North Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street Northeast after the deputy attempted to stop her 2004 Ford Explorer around 1:34 a.m. Friday. 

The vehicle's tires lost traction after Fandohan ran a stop sign, court documents said. After the short pursuit, she stopped the vehicle and was arrested. 

While she was placed under arrest, court documents say Cooper allegedly got out of the vehicle and “refused to obey” law enforcement before fleeing the scene. 

He was arrested within a few blocks. 

Law enforcement found a digital scale, baggies and marijuana in the vehicle, according to court documents, which noted the marijuana was packaged into 10 baggies for sale. 

Fandohan was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and later released on her own recognizance after appearing in court. She is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Dec. 19. 

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Cooper was booked into the jail on a $2,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 10. 

He was wanted for a parole violation and for failing to appear in court on a separate marijuana charge.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper stopped Cooper's red Dodge Charger at Sixth Street Southwest and South Pierce Avenue Sept. 18 for a brake light that was out. 

The trooper said there was an "overwhelming odor of marijuana" from Cooper while he was issuing a warning for the brake light. 

Cooper allegedly told the trooper he was "around people that had used marijuana," court documents said. 

During a search, the trooper noticed an object in Cooper’s pants and asked him what it was, court documents said.

Cooper allegedly reached for it, court documents said, which indicated another trooper told him not to reach into his pants.

“Mr. Cooper continued to put his hands in his pants,” court documents said. “Mr. Cooper was forced onto the ground and continued to resist.”

Cooper was cuffed and troopers found a bag of marijuana concealed in his waistband, court documents said.  

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana - first offense and released from jail after posting bond but failed to appear for a court appearance in November. 

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Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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