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Apr 13, 2016 2:03 PM

Police: Woman wanted in huge Laconia drug sweep found with rifle, last suspect still sought


GILFORD — A woman who has been wanted by police as part of an ongoing drug sweep was finally arrested Saturday, and was allegedly found with a firearm.

Monica Kemper, 31 of Laconia is accused of selling drugs, after 16 suspects were previously arrested in an investigation led by police.

READ: Laconia police still looking for 17 more after 16 suspected drug dealers arrested in sweep

According to the Laconia Daily Sun, an officer on Lake Shore near Liscomb Circle recognized Kemper in a car during a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer said Kemper was sitting in the backseat of the car, when she initially gave him a false name. After confirming Kemper's identity, where there was also a warrant out for her arrest, police arrested her.

Kemper was also found with a backpack in the car that police later searched and found a rifle inside. The serial number was removed.

In addition to Kemper's original drug charges, she has now been charged with the Class A misdemeanor of one count of changing the marks on a firearm – a bolt-action .22 caliber rifle with a sawed-off barrel and a pistol grip.

After her arraignment on Monday, Kemper was ordered held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and $500 cash-only bail.

Kemper was the one of the 33 people that police either arrested or were seeking after a large drug sales sweep that began in early March.

Police say they are still looking for one more person as part of the sweep.


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