April 20, 2018
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Fort Kent police seize pot plants

Marijuana plants ranging in size from several inches to four-and-one-half feet were seized Saturday night in Fort Kent by local law enforcement. A citizen's tip led officers to the Elm Street home of John Fernandez were the plants were found growing in the cellar. Fernandez has been charged with marijuana cultivation, a class D misdemeanor. JULIA BAYLY PHOTO
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — A tip from a resident led members of the Fort Kent Police Department to the discovery of 24 cultivated marijuana plants growing at a private residence.

John A. Fernandez, 30, was arrested Saturday night and charged with cultivating marijuana, a Class D misdemeanor, said Kenneth Michaud, Fort Kent chief of police.

According to Michaud, Officer Richard Martin, acting on a tip that Fernandez was growing marijuana in his home, went to the residence to question him.

“At 9:30 p.m. Officer Martin went to the residence and spoke to John Fernandez,” Michaud said Sunday afternoon. “Before a warrant was needed to search the premises, Mr. Fernandez confessed to growing the marijuana in the cellar.”

Martin, assisted by Officer Steve Hagland, seized 24 plants ranging in size from a few inches to 41/2 feet and equipment used to grow the plants indoors.

“The cellar was well set up for growing plants,” Michaud said.

Michaud did not have a value for the plants.

Fernandez is scheduled for arraignment on July 9 in Fort Kent District Court. Michaud said no further charges are pending at this time.

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