Imboden Couple Arrested On Drug Charges After Sale Is Captured On Video

On September 18, 2012 the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Mandera (35) and Melanie Mandera (44) of Imboden for delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Mr. Mandera was also charged with resisting arrest and felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest stems from an undercover buy that was captured on video at the Mandera residence. That information was presented to a Circuit Judge and a search warrant for the residence was issued. Deputies went to the residence and executed the search warrant. At the residence deputies found nearly a pound of marijuana, hydrocodone pills, scales, baggies, rolling papers, pipes, a gun and cash. Deputies also recovered the marked buy money used in the transaction. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await a bond hearing. It was also learned that Mr. Mandera was a convicted felon.

Bond was set at $5,000.00 for Melanie Mandera and $15,000.00 for James Mandera. A Court date of October 1st was set for the couple according to Sheriff Dotson.

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