Marijuana bust in Fort Kent nets 72 plants

1 June 2012

(Correction - Police have charged Ketchen with cultivation, a Class D crime, and not a Class C crime as previously reported)

FORT KENT – Police Chief Kenneth Michaud confirmed on Friday that his department, along with assistance from a Border Patrol Agent, arrested a Fort Kent man after searching his home and discovering a large cache of marijuana plants.

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NOT ON YOUR USUAL JOB DESCRIPTION - Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond (left) and Water Department Head Mark Soucy (right) assist Chief Michaud in unloading several dozen marijuana plants at the town office.  The bust occurred on Friday, and police arrested Gary Ketchen of Fort Kent. - Birden image

Michaud said that he and Police Officer Richard Martin went to 109 Highland Avenue as a result of a tip from someone saying there was marijuana growing in the cellar.

Police arrested Gary Ketchen, 38-years-old of Fort Kent.

Michaud said, “Before we got the warrant, we went over to see them and spoke to Gary.  We spoke to him about what he had in the cellar.”

Michaud said his officers had been watching the place for a while.

After talking with Ketchen and showing him a picture of the plants, Michaud said they had his permission to enter the house.

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POT BUST - Police Chief Kenneth Michaud examines the plants picked up at a bust on Highland Avenue.

The officers discovered 72 plants in the basement.  The officers, with the help of Border Patrol Agent George Ferland, loaded the plants into a pickup and brought the evidence back to the town office.

As Chief Michaud, Town Manager Don Guimond and Water and Wastewater Department Head Mark Soucy emptied the contraband from the back of a police pickup, Ferland counted 72 plants.

The odor of musky marijuana permeated the air around the town office.

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SOON TO BE UPROOTED - Two police officers, a US Border patrol Agent and town employees piled the plants near the entrance to the police station. The musky smell of marijuana permeated the air and police station. Soon after the photographer captured this picture, officers began pulling the plants from their containers and stuffing them into garbage bags. - Birden image

The bust occurred just after lunch on Highland Avenue in Fort Kent.

According to Fort Kent Police, cultivation of fewer than 100 marijuana plants is a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2000 fine.

Michaud said, “He had the lights, he had the watering machine and he had the air filtration system.”

One plant was much larger than the others, resembling a small indoor tree.  Michaud said, “He had one big plant that he used for the seeds.  That was the mother plant.”

The person or persons growing the plants had spread them between two rooms in the basement.

Ketchen will appear in court on July 20.

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Comments

Cannabis prohibition ends!

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Wow, marijuana is not bad.

Wow, marijuana is not bad. Also from my understanding. If the big plant was used for the seeds, wouldn't you say that it was getting cloned? I dunno just seems like a cop should know what he's talking about I guess. But really who cares about a pot bust. Pretty much all of Aroostock County smokes.

Clones

And for all those concerned clones com from mommy not seeds. And as far as having 72 plants yes I did but they were all in different Stages of growth. Close to fifty were barely 6 in tall fresh out of the Cloning machine wich was confused with a high tech watering system. One hundred percent for personal use, nothing like they described in the paper. And the worst part was passing all my babies out the basement door to the police. I might as well have loaded the truck for them. Bust I think not they asked about plants in the cellar and I took one officer to the basement with me to help get my lights down. Jeepers he almost missed my dark room all together.