By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — A woman who was wanted for drug sales by Laconia police was arrested Saturday after a patrol officer on Lake Shore Road recognized her as a passenger in a car during a routine traffic stop.
Detective Sgt. Eric Bredbury said Monica Kemper, 31, of 398 Elm St. in Laconia is also charged with one Class A misdemeanor count of changing the marks on a firearm – a bolt-action .22 caliber rifle with a sawed-off barrel and a pistol grip that appeared to have been cut from the original wood stock. The serial number had been removed.
Bredbury said Kemper was sitting in the back seat of a car that was stopped by police near Liscomb Circle. He said the officer recognized her and knew there was an arrest warrant for her from Laconia.
He said Kemper initially gave the officer a false name but after confirming her warrant and identity, she was taken into custody.
Bredbury said Kemper had a backpack next to her in the back seat but told the officer that it could stay with the car. After putting her in his cruiser, the officer returned to the driver and informed him that whatever was in the backpack was now in his custody and he would be responsible for it.
Bredbury said the driver said he didn't want anything to do with the backpack and told the officer to remove it from his car.
After getting a consent to search it from Kemper, Bredbury said the officer found the altered rifle in the backpack.
According to documents obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, after appearing Monday for her arraignment, Kemper was ordered held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and $500 cash-only bail. The judge also ordered a source of funds hearing should she post the cash portion.
Laconia Police Detective Lt. Tom Swett said Tuesday that Kemper was the one of the 33 people police either arrested or were seeking after a large drug sales roundup in early March. Swett said there is one more person police are still seeking.
This is the gun found in a backpack during the arrest of Monica Kemper Saturday. (Courtesy photo)
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