Self Proclaimed "Prince of Pot" Employees Sentenced
JUL 17-- (Seattle) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that today Michelle Rainey, 38, and Gregory Keith Williams, 54, both of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, were sentenced today to two years probation for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. The lead defendant in the indictment, marijuana seed distributor Marc Emery, remains in Canada, fighting extradition to the United States on the charges. Emery bills himself as the “Prince of Pot.”
According to facts recounted in her plea agreement, Rainey worked for Emery from 1998 to 2005. Rainey assisted with Emery’s mail order marijuana seed business filling orders that came in by mail. At Emery’s instruction, Rainey sent seeds, as well as growing instructions, out to customers of which 75% of the customers were located in the United States. Between 2003 and 2005, Rainey earned as much as $1,000 per week mailing out the seeds and information.
According to his plea agreement, Williams handled the phone orders for the business and the wire transfer information customers used for payment. Williams also worked at the seed desk, selling seeds directly to customers who came into Emery’s store. On numerous occasions in 2004, Williams sold seeds to a DEA undercover agent. At Emery’s request, Williams authored the growing instructions that were mailed out with the marijuana seeds. Williams income from the business increased over time and by 2005, Emery was paying him $300.00 per day.
Williams verified that the information posted on the Emery website claiming that Emery took in more than $3,000,000 annually selling marijuana seeds was in fact accurate. Emery claims to have sold more than 4,000,000 marijuana seeds, three-quarters of those to customers in the United States. Emery is scheduled for an extradition hearing in Canada on June 1, 2009.
In the sentencing memo, Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg noted that Rainey has significant health issues, and that resolving the case against two minor players allows the government to concentrate on the prosecution of the lead defendant Marc Emery.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement.