Police also charge girlfriend in bust
FORT KENT – In a continuation of the drug bust story involving the arrest of Gary Ketchen for cultivation of 72 marijuana plants, Fort Kent Police have summonsed Kristie Taggett of Fort Kent for two offenses, cultivation of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia.
On June 4 at 1:45 p.m., Officer Richard Martin summonsed the 37-year-old woman “for the same violation,” said Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud, referring to the arrest charges the police department issued to Ketchen the previous Friday.
According to Michaud, Taggett and Ketchen were renting 109 Highland Ave together. The police department did not issue the summons to Taggett until they completed their investigation of the crime, said Michaud.
The “use of drug paraphernalia” charge refers to the equipment the alleged perpetrators used to cultivate the illegal marijuana plants, said Michaud.
In a voicemail message left for Fiddlehead Focus at 1:33 p.m. on June 4, just prior to Martin’s summons, Taggett made threatening and hostile comments about the news report of her fiancée’s arrest.
She said, “I thought this was supposed to be a community oriented kind of website and paper with recipes, and not the downfall of our community.”
She complained about an error in the report, which stated that the illegal cultivation of the 72 plants was a Class C felony, instead of a Class D crime. Fiddlehead Focus corrected this information in the online report after police confirmed the severity of the charges.
“Before you print something for the whole United States and everyone else to see, you need to get your facts straight… So maybe get your head out of your (obscenity) and quit looking at recipes and look at the facts of pot.”
Then Taggett said, “I’m telling you right now, there better be a retraction when you print the Fiddlehead (obscenity) Focus, I’m telling you right now, Mr. Birden, if that is your (obscenity) name… or else there will be drastic measures taken.”
She also said she had lived in Fort Kent for her whole life and told the publisher of Fiddlehead Focus and the author of the original article to “go back to where you came from.”
Taggett will appear alongside Ketchen in court later this summer, on July 20.
BELOW IS A LINK TO THE AUDIO OF TAGGETT'S VOICEMAIL LEFT FOR FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS. IT CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL READERS/LISTENERS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG CHILDREN. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK IF OBSCENITIES OFFEND YOU.