Canadian Who Shipped Millions of Marijuana Seeds to U.S. to Appear in Federal Court in Seattle
MAY 20 -- Seattle – Marc Emery, 51, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will make his initial appearance at 2:30 today in U.S. District Court in Seattle, on an indictment for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, and conspiracy to engage in money laundering. Emery was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2005, and was extradited from Canada this morning. Emery is currently scheduled for a change of plea hearing at 2:00 on Monday, May 24, before U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez.
According to the indictment and other records filed in the case, Marc Emery has operated Marc Emery Direct since 1994, taking orders for marijuana seeds over the internet. According to the website, at the time of his arrest in 2005, Emery had made more than $3 million annually, illegally selling marijuana seeds. According to court filings, Emery seeds are associated with multiple illegal grow operations across the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Administration has traced Emery seeds to illegal grows in Indiana, Florida, California, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota. An estimated 75% of the seeds Emery sold up until 2005, were transported to the United States.
Last year, Emery’s two co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to probationary sentences. Michelle Rainey assisted with Emery’s mail order marijuana seed business filling orders that came in by mail. Between 2003 and 2005, Rainey earned as much as $1,000 a week mailing out the seeds. Gregory Keith Williams handled the phone orders for the business. Williams also worked at the seed desk, selling seeds directly to customers who came into Emery’s store. On numerous occasions in 2004, Williams and Emery sold seeds to a Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agent. The indictment was returned following an 18 month investigation.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).