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High-Grade Pot Grown In California, Sold Here, Documents Say

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WACO (December 3, 2013) Phillip Larry Koss, 58, and his son Connor Koss, 25, grew high-grade marijuana in California and then shipped it to Waco “for distribution to numerous individuals including Baylor students,” according to sworn affidavits released Tuesday.

The affidavits were submitted by McGregor investigators in support of search warrants that were served Friday at the Koss’ home in the 5200 block of Chaparral Drive in Waco.

The documents say Koss and his son maintained a residence in California for growing high-grade marijuana, which was then shipped illegally to Waco.

“Connor Koss was an organizer of the distribution network that planned the transportation of large shipments of marijuana from California to Waco,” the affidavit quotes a confidential informant as saying.

The high-grade marijuana was often sold here for several hundred dollars an ounce, the informant told investigators.

Within 48 hours before seeking the warrant, investigators observed a 2000 Chrysler van with California license plates at the Koss’ home and determined the vehicle was registered to Connor Koss of Millbrea, Calif., the affidavit said.

Investigators think the van was at the home “in regards to the active smuggling efforts of Phillip and Connor Koss,” the affidavit said.

Phillip Koss, Connor Koss and Leann Keogh Koss, 59, were arrested Friday at their home.

They all remained in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday in lieu of bonds totaling $400,000 charged with money laundering, delivery of marijuana and delivery of hashish, online jail records showed.

In the search of the house Friday, officers found documents that show that Phillip Koss “is a registered marijuana dispenser in the state of California,” according to a second affidavit that was filed Monday in support of a seizure warrant for funds in the Koss’ bank accounts.

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.

But the affidavit submitted for the seizure warrant Monday says investigators believe the “business is a front utilized to launder money and that Phillip Koss’ main source of income is derived from the cultivation and distribution of marijuana and hashish business.”

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

Police said they seized some 15 pounds of hashish and about eight pounds of marijuana with a combined estimated street value of more than $160,000.

Police said they also seized assault weapons, handguns, vehicles and more than $20,000 in cash.

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


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