Oregon Couple and Tennessee Accomplice Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
Jackson, TN – On May 21, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging three defendants with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of marijuana and one defendant with illegally possessing firearms. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments today.
According to information presented in court, on May 17, 2018, the Jackson Metro Narcotics Unit received information about manufacturing marijuana at a residence in Madison County. Law enforcement discovered an active marijuana indoor grow operation inside the residence. From the residence and a tour bus located on the property, law enforcement seized 20 pounds of marijuana and three pounds of butane hash oil, a marijuana concentrate. They also seized 11 firearms, $7,000 in U.S. currency, and a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, along with the tour bus.
The three defendants indicted and currently in custody on federal charges are:
William Brian Cisco, 43, Jackson, Tennessee
Michael Boutin, 58, Medford, Oregon
Tawni Boutin, 56, Medford, Oregon
Count 1 charges William Brian Cisco, Michael Boutin and Tawni Boutin with knowingly and intentionally manufacturing, attempting to manufacture, possessing with intent to distribute and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and marijuana concentrates.
Count 2 charges William Brian Cisco with possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The defendants, Mike Boutin and wife Tawni Boutin, have previously been featured as marijuana farmers on a television show called "Weed Country." Weed Country was an American reality television series on the Discovery Channel that premiered on February 20, 2013, during Discovery Channel’s programming block titled "Weed Wednesdays." The series followed dealers, growers and patients of the marijuana trade located within the Emerald Triangle, a remote fertile area on the border of Northern California and Oregon, along with the enforcers of the law at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. The series showed the battle between cops, dealers and the growers looking to engineer some of the most powerful marijuana on earth.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said; "In the Controlled Substances Act, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana. It has established significant penalties for these crimes which reflect Congress’s determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime. Here in the Western District of Tennessee, we are not ‘weed country,’ and this office will enforce the rule of law by prosecuting marijuana cultivation, distribution, and possession aggressively, consistently, and unapologetically."
Madison County Sheriff John Mehr said: "I commend the Jackson Metro Narcotics Unit for their hard work in this case and appreciate U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee for prosecuting this case. Especially, since this was a seizure of high grade marijuana brought into our county from out of state."
If convicted, the defendants face maximum sentences of up to 10 years imprisonment for the drug trafficking charge and up to 25 years imprisonment for the possession of firearm charge and $250,000 fine.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit investigated this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Wilson is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.