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Lebanon man arrested on federal drug charges

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A Lebanon man has been arrested on federal drug charges, and if convicted, could find him facing up to 45 years in prison.

Agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and investigators with the Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit arrested Roberto Manier, 50, at 200 Green Street, Lebanon, on Friday, March 8, on a three-count indictment.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said in a news release on Wednesday that in the spring of 2012, the LPD Narcotics Unit received information that Manier was allegedly selling narcotics near the Inman Court federal housing project.

Local authorities conducted an investigation into Maniers suspected criminal activities and presented their case to the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Manier was charged with the sale of marijuana and two counts for the sale of cocaine. He was arraigned in front of U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin on Monday, March 11.

The marijuana charge, if convicted, carries a sentence of up to five years of imprisonment in a federal penitentiary, and the cocaine charges carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Manier has a detention hearing scheduled for March 19. He was on federal supervised release from a 2006 DEA and LPD drug conspiracy case, Bowen said in the release. He added that Manier is well known by Lebanon Police. He has six previous cocaine-related convictions since January 1990 in Wilson County.

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