A Canadian man who occasionally calls himself "666" has been charged with sending a series of death threats to federal prosecutors in Seattle on the eve of Marc "The Prince of Pot" Emery's extradition to the U.S. to face drug charges.
Emery, who claimed to reap $2 million annually from his illicit business, also crusades for marijuana law reform. He donated liberally to various pot-friendly causes, including the presidential campaign of Ron Paul. His high-profile case and strong personality spawned a devoted following, and around 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of December 10, 2010, perhaps his most fanatical minion dialed the Western Washington U.S. Attorney's office.
Here's a transcript of the voice message he allegedly left for a deputy assistant federal prosecutor, identified in court documents only by the initials T.G.:
Investigators determined the caller used a calling card with a Toronto routing number, and, although he initially identified himself as Edward Greenspan, his real name turned out to be 50-year-old Paul George Cartier. As it turned out, Cartier had done this sort of thing before. According to the U.S. Secret Service, Cartier has "a history of other threats," including mailing a letter to the White House filled with white powder labeled anthrax.
As if one menacing phone call for the day wasn't enough, Cartier sent a fax to the U.S. Attorney's office a few minutes after leaving the voice mail. Here's what it said, according to court documents:
In case it wasn't obvious from the fact that he called the top prosecutors in the region and admitted to selling drugs, Cartier is not affiliated with the FBI. Nor is he a criminal mastermind, as his antisemitism and boasts about obtaining a publicly-listed fax number suggest.
But talk of "hitmen who'll get ya" is certainly scary, as was the brief phone call he made to the receptionist following the bonkers fax. "I'm going to fucking kill you," he said, according to court documents, "and [prosecutor] T.G. when I get to town."
A week passed with no word from Cartier. Then, on December 17, he allegedly left another voice mail, again calling himself "666" and repeating his bizarre "diapers" death threat. Here's the excerpt from court documents:
After another threatening exchange with the receptionist and voice mail that allegedly said, "you're all dead," the feds decided they'd had enough. They indicted Cartier on December 23, 2009 for making an "interstate threat," a felony.
Cartier was finally arrested earlier this month on May 8. He is being held in federal custody pending a mental competency evaluation. Emery, meanwhile, is still in prison and still (peacefully) campaigning for pot legalization.
Update 5/22/2012 @ 12:15 p.m.
Emery's wife Jodie contacted Seattle Weekly to emphasize that her imprisoned husband has never met Cartier, and does not condone his alleged threats of violence.
"Marc Emery has no idea who this person is and has no connection to him in any form," Jodie Emery says. "Neither of us support what this guy has done. He's absolutely crazy, obviously."