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Bounty hunter tip leads to drug arrest in Minnesota

A leap day tip lead to the Nisswa Police Department arresting a man on a drug possession charge. On Feb. 29, the Nisswa Police Department received a tip from a Minneapolis-based bounty hunting and fugitive recovery company that Alexander Paul Kem...

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Alexander Paul Kempe, 34, was charged in Crow Wing County District Court with one felony count of third-degree possession of 3 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.

A leap day tip lead to the Nisswa Police Department arresting a man on a drug possession charge.

On Feb. 29, the Nisswa Police Department received a tip from a Minneapolis-based bounty hunting and fugitive recovery company that Alexander Paul Kempe, 34, was staying at the Magnuson Hotel in Nisswa and had active felony warrants for his arrest.

A group of Nisswa police officers and Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies located Kempe at the hotel in unit 115 and took him into custody.

As Kempe was being taken into custody, officers noted a plastic baggy on the nightstand by the bed with a trace amount of a white powdery substance. A search warrant was obtained and a baggy with a white crystal substance was located. This substance tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed approximately 4.1 grams.

Kempe was charged in Crow Wing County District Court with one felony count of third-degree possession of 3 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.

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Officers also found a butane torch with what appeared to be a small baggy wrapped around it that contained a green leafy substance, along with fake motion picture $100 bills.

In 2009, Kempe was convicted in Hennepin County District Court of felony fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana. In 2010, he was convicted in Dakota County District Court of fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana, which was later deemed a misdemeanor.

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