Fourth Member Of Local Family Arrested On Drug Charges

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A fourth member of a local family has appeared before a federal magistrate after he was arrested in an investigation of a two-state drug trafficking operation in connection with which his parents and brother have already been charged.

Officers outside the Koss home in Waco during the raid on Nov. 29, 2013. (Photo by Ben Palich)

WACO (April 15, 2014) Chad Koss, the fourth member of a Waco family that prosecutors say is linked to a two-state drug trafficking operation, was free on bond Tuesday after appearing Monday before a federal magistrate in Waco.

Phillip Larry Koss and Le'Ann Koss, Chad Koss' parents, and Connor Koss, his brother, were charged earlier in the same alleged drug delivery scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Chad Koss released from custody after Koss posted a $25,000 unsecured bond pending a subsequent court appearance on a charge of conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Phillip and Le'Ann Koss earlier posted bond and have been released from custody as well.

Connor Koss remains detained.

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

Phillip, Le'Ann and Connor Koss all were arrested in November 2013 on warrants stemming from the investigation.

In March 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.

On Dec 16, 2013, a McGregor officer assisted California authorities as they served search warrants on two Yuba County homes owned by Chad and Connor Koss, McGregor police Investigator Joe Coy said at the time.

Officers seized about 150 pounds of processed high-grade marijuana, a large amount of marijuana buds, business records and a .40-caliber pistol from the 20-acre property owned by Chad Koss, Coy said.

Other agents served a search warrant in Dobbins, Calif., at a residence owned by Connor Koss where they recovered 30 pounds of high-grade marijuana buds, along with an additional 50 pounds of processed marijuana.

Agents also seized equipment they say was used to process marijuana into hashish, Coy 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.

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