Member Of Waco Family Charged With Drug Distribution Pleads Guilty

Conner Phillip Koss. (Jail photo)

WACO (June 26, 2014) Conner Phillip Koss, 26, one of four members of a Waco family linked to a two-state drug-trafficking ring, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, according to online records.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith set sentencing for Aug. 20.

Koss could be sentenced to as much as 20 years on each count.

Koss and his parents Phillip, 58, and Le'Ann, 60, were arrested on Nov. 29, 2013 on warrants stemming from an 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 were "numerous individuals including Baylor students."

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.

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.

Chad Koss, 28, the fourth member of the family was freed on bond in April after appearing before a federal magistrate in Waco.

He was arrested April 10 in Waco, an arrest warrant filed in federal court shows.

Smith also granted a motion for continuance Thursday, setting a trial date for Phillip, Le’Ann and Chad Koss for Aug. 4.

The order sets a deadline July 21 deadline for plea agreements and schedules a re-arraignment for July 24.