June 23, 2018
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Police: Franklin woman arrested after search uncovers 2.5 lbs marijuana, stolen guns

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

FRANKLIN, Maine — A local woman has been charged with drug trafficking and may end up facing weapons charges as well after police executed a search warrant at her home on Eastbrook Road.

Terri Lee Kasper, 50, was arrested at her home on Jan. 17, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Police executed the warrant that morning after agents working undercover purchased marijuana from Kasper more than once over a period of several months, according to MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall.

Police seized two and a half pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $4,500 which was found in a bag along with a loaded, .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Crandall indicated Wednesday in an email.

“Agents also seized a shotgun and two rifles that have since been identified as stolen,” Crandall wrote.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating how the firearms allegedly were stolen, he said. Information about the gun investigation was not available Thursday.

Kasper is facing a charge from MDEA of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, which is a Class B offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. She was arrested and taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where she since has been released on $500 unsecured bail, Crandall said. Kasper is expected to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on Feb. 21.

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