Bangor woman involved in bath salts distribution ring gets time served

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to a little more than a year in jail or time served for her role in a 2011 conspiracy to distribute the synthetic drug known as bath salts in Penobscot County.

Tina Keaton, 32, also known as “Fumble,” pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a synthetic hallucinogen commonly called “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”

The drug is known to cause paranoia, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users.

Keaton had been held without bail since her arrest on Aug. 8, 2013.

In addition to jail time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Keaton to three years of supervised release.

She was the second defendant sentenced last week to time served in the case.

Michael “Bub” Tardiff Sr., 54, of Old Town was sentenced Aug. 12 to time served or nearly a year in jail. He has been held without bail since his arrest Aug. 22. His son Matthew Tardiff, 27, of Old Town is serving a 57-month sentence at the federal corrections institute in Berlin, New Hampshire.

The younger Tardiff, who was sentenced by Woodcock on May 27, is to be released in November 2017, according to information on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator website.

The Tardiffs, Keaton and 11 others were indicted by the federal grand jury in July 2013 in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute MDPV in 2011.

All defendants except Jamie Lewis, 38, of New Hampshire, formerly of Bangor, have pleaded guilty in connection with the bath salts distribution ring. He is scheduled to plead guilty to the drug conspiracy charge on Friday in federal court in Bangor.

Others charged in the case include Ryan Ellis, 33, formerly of Greenbush and Dover-Foxcroft; Adam Hathorn, 36, of Bangor; Steven Orosco, 23, of Orrington; Jessica Bryden, 21, of Greenbush; Daniel Hines, 37, of Orrington; Alan Ketchen, 40, also known as “AJ” or “Hobbes,” of Bangor; April Kane, 28, of Gorham; Elizabeth Mikotowicz, 27, of Bangor; Gina Nelson, 30, of Bradley; and Jacob Gagnon, 25, of Van Buren, formerly of Bangor, who also was known as “Jake the Snake.”

All defendants charged face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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