Sep 30, 2016 2:56 PM
NH AG: Rep. Bouldin smoked pot with Tasker; She says she's focused on opioid crisis
Amanda Bouldin, of Manchester, was named by the N.H. Attorney General's office on Friday as a member of the N.H. Legislature that was involved in a drug investigation revolving around former state Rep. Kyle Tasker.
The AG's office completed its investigation and found that five lawmakers were in contact with Tasker and/or paid him.
They conducted interviews with the four people still living. The office said each of the four state representatives was represented by counsel and signed a proffer agreement that limits the state’s ability to use information provided by a
witness so long as the witness is deemed to be truthful.
No criminal charges will be filed. Below is Amanda Bouldin's interview according to the AG's office:
Bouldin became friendly with Tasker through Facebook in 2014, shortly before she was elected to state office. In the fall of 2015, Bouldin went to Tasker’s home. Though she knew that he sold and used drugs—he sent her photos of the marijuana brownies he sold, she recalled a conversation with him about MDMA and his making a big drug purchase in Lancaster, New Hampshire, and she was with him while he smoked marijuana in the State House anteroom — she did not see drugs or drug paraphernalia at his home. When Tasker drove her home, she used marijuana with him in his car. She did not use drugs with him on any other occasion and did not buy drugs from him. As of the date of the interview (August 4, 2016), Bouldin was still in contact with Tasker, through cell phone calls, texts, and Telegram, a secure messaging application.
Bouldin recalled that Tasker told her that Pamela Tucker was going to purchasemarijuana from him, and that he was going to meet an older, male state representative in one of the Concord parking garages to sell marijuana to. She could not recall that person’s name.
When speculation about a list of Tasker’s customers arose in the media, Tasker told Bouldin that there was no list, that he sold to no state senators, and that he sold to fewer state representatives than the number reported.
Consistent with Bouldin’s representations, the AGO’s investigation did not discover evidence that Tasker maintained a list of drug customers.
An attorney representing Bouldin released a statement shortly after the findings of the report were released: "Amanda did not buy drugs from Tasker. In fact, she never even inquired about buying drugs from Tasker, not once. She never smoked marijuana at the State House. Amanda will continue working to reduce the harm to her constituents caused by the drug war and the opioid crisis, as she has done since her first day in the Legislature."
Pamela Tucker, of Greenland; Shem Kellogg, of Plaistow; Joseph Lachance, of Manchester; and Ted Wright, of Sanbornville, were also named on the list.
CORRECTION: A previous report could be interpreted to mean that Bouldin had purchased drugs from Tasker. Bouldin did not buy drugs from Tasker. She used marijuana with him in his car.