Bandera traffic stop leads to the discovery of over 14 grams of Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia

BANDERA, TX- 14.5 grams of Methamphetamine and a pipe used to smoke Methamphetamine was found during a traffic stop by Deputy Allen in Bandera on October 29, according to the Bandera Marshal’s Office.


A woman by the name of Paula Rae Gardner was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, 4 grams to 200 grams, which is a Second Degree Felony, and Tamper/ Fabricate Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair, a Third Degree Felony.

The Bandera Marshal’s Office also reminded the community, “Gardner is innocent until proven guilty.”

Along with the release of this information, Marshal Dietrich wrote on Facebook describing the current drug problem in Bandera.

Bandera Marshal Dietrich write this: “Seems I was reading this morning on Bandera County Chat where a young lady, and several others, were commenting about the drug problem in Bandera and how the cops don’t do anything about it.”

”I also read where several people claimed that Bandera was Dope Town or something like that.”

“I came here from East Texas almost 6 years ago and I will tell you if you think Bandera Texas is “Dope Town” you don’t get out much! Methamphetamine is everywhere in this country, it used to be worse in the rural areas but now its just as bad in the big cities. Bandera does not have a Crack Cocaine problem, we don’t have a lean problem (liquid codeine) nobody is burglarizing the local pharmacy to steal it or pills. Not much paint or freon huffing. The Opiod epidemic has not really affected us here yet either. I could go on and on but basically we have a Meth and Marijuana problem here.”

“I have no tolerance for drugs, especially Meth, and if you pay attention to the Bandera Marshal’s Office Page you have seen the Deputy Marshals have been arresting quite a few drug Dealers and Users. We have also gotten a considerable amount of drugs and guns off the street recently.”

“Law Enforcement cannot solve the drug problem, we must have the support of the community we serve in order to remove the problems from our community. If you have information about criminal activity please share it with your local law enforcement. We cannot always do exactly what you would like, exactly when you would like, but our goal is to make the City of Bandera as safe and crime/drug free as humanly possible. -Marshal W. Dietrich”

Hill Country Breaking News would like to thank law enforcement officers for their diligence in getting drugs off of our streets.