Local Couple Charged In Pot-Growing Case Now In Halfway Houses

Le’Ann Keogh Koss (left), Phillip Larry Koss (center) and Connor Koss. (Jail photos)
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WACO (March 31, 2014) Phillip Larry Koss, 58, his wife Le’Ann Koss, 60, of Waco, who were arrested in November 2013 on warrants stemming from an investigation of a two-state marijuana-growing operation, have been released from jail and are now in halfway houses, an attorney said Monday.

Their son, Connor Phillip Koss, 26, who’s also charged in the case, remains in federal custody.

Darren Obenoskey, attorney for Phillip Koss, said U.S. Magistrage Jeffrey C. Manske released Koss to the Salvation Army halfway house in Waco after Koss posted $50,000 bond last week.

Le'Ann Koss, who is represented by Waco attorney Melanie Walker, also was released to a halfway house in Austin after she posted the same bond.

They and their son were arrested in November 2013 on warrants stemming from an investigation of a two-state marijuana-growing operation.

Earlier this month a federal grand jury returned drug distribution indictments against the three stemming from the investigation of the 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.

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 at the time.

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.