By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A woman is being held on $20,000 cash-only bail after waiving her arraignment in Superior Court Monday and pleading not guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.
Belknap County Judge Peter Fauver determined that Joan Marie Graves, of 3160 Parade Road should be held on high cash bail because “she had enough drugs to be either selling or being a courier.”
Fauver also wrote that Belknap County Prosecutor Carley Ahern indicted that this is Graves’s “fifth or sixth” DWI and that “she was involved in (motor vehicle) death on another DWI.”
According to affidavits, Graves was arrested in Gilford on Friday at 9:54 p.m. after an officer on routine patrol said she failed to stop at a red traffic light on Lakeshore Road.
Police said she pulled into the parking lot at Gilford Mobile Mart and stopped in the middle of the parking lot in front of the gas pumps. The officer said she appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Prior to having her car towed, the officer conducted an inventory search of the vehicle and located 13 packages of a substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine in her wallet.
Graves was held over the weekend on $20,000 cash only bail and Fauver decided on Monday that that bail was appropriate.
Records show Graves was convicted of possession of crack cocaine in Belknap County Superior Court in 2010 and a second drug possession offense in 2009 in Rockingham Superior Court. She also has a drug conviction in Merrimack County.
Records show that Graves was convicted of one DWI at the circuit court level and two separate DWI’s in Rockingham County.
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