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(Neb)-Chadron Couple Arrested In Drugs And Burglary Investigation

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/29/2019 06:53 PM
CHADRON - A lengthy investigation by the Chadron Police Department and the Wing Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a Chadron couple on drug and other charges. Chadron police investigator Matt Freeman says the investigation is still on-going.

      38-year old Mandi Hardy was arrested on January 11th on 6 felony counts - possession with intent to deliver ketamine - an anesthetic and animal tranquilizer, possession of methamphetamine and the prescription pain reliever Tramadol, child abuse, criminal possession of a financial transaction device, and possession of burglar tools.

       Hardy was also charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property and the infraction of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $75,000. Her husband, 34-year old James Hardy, was arrested on Monday the 28th on a warrant for 3 felonies: possession of meth, possession of Tramadol, and child abuse. His bond is also $75,000.

     Investigator Freeman says both arrests grew out of his department's on-going work into multiple burglaries and thefts in Chadron and WING's investigation late last year into the making and distributing of controlled substances.
      The two investigations led to a search warrant raid on Jan 11th at a Chadron residence where authorities seized meth, prescription pills, and controlled veterinarian drugs as well as chemicals and equipment often used in manufacturing drugs. Officers also seized stolen credit cards and burglar tools.

      Additional information led to a search warrant raid at the Hardy's local self-storage unit where more prescription pills were found, and to a site on the Oglala National Grasslands where property stolen in a local burglary was recovered including more Tramadol as well as the tranquilizer Diazepam, more commonly known by the brand name Valium.

      Investigator Freeman encourages anyone with information related to this case or any other crimes to get involved by calling local law enforcement or by leaving an anonymous tip on the the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers website at nebraskacrimestoppers.com.


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