Fort Kent police seize 72 marijuana plants from Highland Avenue house

Posted June 01, 2012, at 7:23 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Police on Friday seized 72 marijuana plants from the cellar of a two-story house at 109 Highland Ave., according to Police Chief Kenneth Michaud.

Gary Kitchen, 38, was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He posted bail and has been released, the chief said.

Police received a tip that Kitchen was growing marijuana. Michaud said Kitchen had a sophisticated growing operation set up in two rooms of his cellar which included a lighting and watering system with a filter and pump.

Kitchen had a “mother plant” he used to supply seeds for new plants, the chief said.

Michaud said Kitchen had a long criminal history in Bangor.

Kitchen is scheduled to be arraigned July 20 in Fort Kent District Court.

If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 on the cultivation charge and a fine of up to $300 on the possession of paraphernalia charge, which is a civil violation.