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Ashland man gets 4 years for selling pot

He told medical marijuana patients his product was ruined by mold, then sold it on the black market
 Posted: 2:00 AM June 04, 2013

A mixed-martial-arts trainer has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for selling pot grown under the guise of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program on the black market.

Robert Dunham Hisamoto, 42, was sentenced Monday in Medford, three months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. Hisamoto was registered as a medical marijuana caregiver for 30 patients, which allowed him to possess 45 pounds of marijuana.

According to a federal affidavit, Drug Administration Enforcement agents found more than 200 pounds of marijuana during a search of Hisamoto's Ashland home in October 2011.

The search was prompted after aerial surveillance earlier that fall spotted a large marijuana growing operation on property he owned on Tolo Road in Central Point.

Despite the excess, many of Hisamoto's patients said they never received their marijuana. The patients said Hisamoto told them his gardens had been damaged by mold.

Agents determined that Hisamoto was selling the pot on the black market in California. Several documents contained notations of marijuana weights and prices per pound sold, ranging from $18,000 to $29,000, prosecutors said.

Agents also discovered that Hisamoto maintained an additional marijuana grow site in Butte Falls. Agents learned from witness interviews that Hisamoto had another 100 pounds of processed marijuana concealed in a storage unit, and he later sold that pot.

Co-defendants Charles Lester Reader and Madeline "Mandy" Lafern Reader, who worked with Hisamoto in the growing operation and lived at the Tolo Road site, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison, and she was sentenced to a year and a half.

Hisamoto owned Samurai Fighting Arts, 490 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

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