Man, Wife, Son Remain In Custody Pending Drug Charges

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A local man, his wife and his son were ordered Tuesday to remain in federal custody pending further federal court action against them on drug-related charges.

Le’Ann Keogh Koss (left), Phillip Larry Koss (center) and Connor Koss. (Jail photos)

WACO (March 26, 2014) Phillip Larry Koss, his wife Le’Ann Koss and the couple’s son Connor Phillip Koss, on Tuesday were ordered to remain in custody awaiting further federal court action against them on drug-related charges.

U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske ordered the three back into U.S. Marshal’s custody pending a trial in District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr.’s court, initially set for May 27.

Manske also set a motion hearing date for April 30 and set a plea deadline for May 12 and a re-arraignment date for May 15.

Manske also allowed Connor Koss to amend the court’s spelling of his first name from Conner to Connor and ordered a police officer to provide an evidentiary tape to the court within 20 hours.

A federal grand jury earlier in March returned drug distribution indictments against Phillip Larry Koss, 58, his wife Le'Ann, 60, and their son Connor, 26, all of Waco, stemming from an investigation of an operation in which high-grade marijuana was grown in California and then shipped here to be sold to what an affidavit said was "numerous individuals including Baylor students."

The indictments charge one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said.

The three were arrested on Nov. 29, 2013 at their home in Waco.

They all remained in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday where they were ordered held without bond.

Affidavits submitted for the search and arrest warrants said Phillip Koss and his son Connor maintained a residence in California for growing high-grade marijuana, which was then shipped illegally to Waco.

In a search of the family's home, authorities recovered about 12 pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, several firearms and about $27,000 in cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Authorities also recovered about 200 pounds of marijuana after serving related search warrants in California as well as from traffic stops during the investigation, prosecutors said.

The Waco raid was the culmination of a three-month investigation tied to earlier raids involving Baylor students, a McGregor police source said

Phillip Koss is the owner of "Stretch for Life," a local business offering non-medicinal therapy for victims of stroke, neuropathy, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia.

In 1983 he was convicted of homicide and was sentenced to 10 years on probation, Texas Department of Public Safety records showed.

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