HAMPDEN, Maine — The investigation of a local man in a domestic violence case led police to his marijuana cultivation operation, Police Chief Joseph Rogers said Tuesday.
A 43-year-old woman called police on Robert McKee, 50, who lives on Ichabod Lane, at 2:30 a.m. Monday reporting he had assaulted her. By the time officers arrived McKee was gone.
Hampden police Officer Ben Eyles decided to stake out the house and was there when McKee returned. He arrested McKee on a domestic assault charge and took him to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.
When McKee got out of jail later that day, he called his mom, who also lives at the house, and told her that if the victim was there when he got home, “I’m going to kill her,” Rogers said, reading from the police report.
McKee then was arrested by Officer Mark Egan at around 8 p.m. Monday on charges of terrorizing and violating conditions of his release.
During the investigation, police heard there may be contraband in the home, got a search warrant and found “approximately 100 marijuana plants” in various stages of growth, Rogers said.
“I saw one that was about 4 feet high,” he said, adding other plants were only 6 inches tall.
As of Tuesday, police had yet to charge McKee for the marijuana plants, but he is facing possible felony charges, Rogers said.