Local Man, Wife, Son Named In Federal Drug Indictments

A Central Texas man, his wife, and one of their sons were named Tuesday in federal drug distribution indictments stemming from the investigation of an operation in which high-grade marijuana was shipped from California to be sold here.

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

WACO (March 11, 2014) A federal grand jury returned drug distribution indictments Tuesday 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 Tuesday.

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 Kosses are scheduled for an initial appearance before a federal magistrate at 2 p.m. on March 20.

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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