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Feds try to seize property tied to drug case

This property located at 1605 E. 550 Road has been seized in connection with a recent bust of a drug ring. The home was under construction by owners Chad Bauman and Carey Willming, who federal agents believe financed the build with drug money.

This property located at 1605 E. 550 Road has been seized in connection with a recent bust of a drug ring. The home was under construction by owners Chad Bauman and Carey Willming, who federal agents believe financed the build with drug money.

August 25, 2012


Federal prosecutors are asking for a court order to seize and sell three parcels of Douglas County property with ties to two Lawrence residents indicted in a major drug-trafficking case.

According to court records, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office alleges the properties — including a large house under construction west of Lawrence — owned by Chad Bauman, 33, and Carey Willming, 36, were derived from proceeds from drug sales or intended to be used to facilitate commission of the crimes. Prosecutors also allege the properties were part of alleged money laundering defendants used to hide drug proceeds.

Thirty-five defendants, including Bauman, Willming and nine other Lawrence residents, are accused of working to distribute a mixture containing cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from 2005 to June of this year. Many of the defendants in the case are from Douglas and Johnson counties.

Prosecutors are seeking a $16.9 million judgment in the case. They allege Bauman and fellow Lawrence resident Los Rovell Dahda, 30, made millions of dollars as leaders of the drug ring.

Federal prosecutors have focused mainly on seizing a home under construction at 1605 E. 550 Road, described in court records as a “large estate residence that defendants Bauman and Willming are building.”

According to a complaint in the case, a federal drug task force joined with the Internal Revenue Service in 2011 to investigate the finances of Bauman, who owned a carpet cleaning business in rural Lawrence, Dahda and others associated with them. The investigation included federal wire taps.

Both Bauman, who remains in custody in the case, and Willming have pleaded not guilty, as have all co-defendants.

Thomas G. Lemon, an attorney for Willming, has objected to the government’s request, saying Willming has not been convicted of any crime that would lead to a seizure and sale of the property. He said in his motion it was “believed that the residence and property may be worth in excess of $1 million.”

Willming’s defense attorney also said the property could be secured from the elements and argued the expense of keeping the property is “not excessive” while the matter is being resolved. A judge has not yet ruled on the issue.

A trial in the drug case will not occur before next June, and federal prosecutors have said more defendants could face indictment.

Prosecutors accused one of the defendants, Samuel Villeareal III, 31, with supplying marijuana to unnamed Kansas University men’s basketball players during the 2010-2011 season. Prosecutors only briefly addressed that at a detention hearing for Villeareal, who has Lawrence ties. Allegations involving players were not mentioned in an indictment in the case.


patkindle 5 years, 9 months ago

no harm no foul it is just pot , and thats ok in lawrence, no one cares, it is better than alcohol, welcome to lawerence, support your local drug dealer, the same nice guy that sells you pot, sells crack to your 14 yr old daughter, think abot it

Jayhawk_4_Life 5 years, 9 months ago

ok, learn how to spell Lawrence, then you can comment credibly on this site...that is if you are then able to form a proper sentence.

Hoots 5 years, 9 months ago

Really, I"m so sick of you morons who jump on people for small mistakes in syntax, spelling, punctuation, etc. Grow the HELL up.. Did you get the point of what they said? OMG...They forgot a CAP and added an E. Someone should tell their Mommy. I think Maybe a hand slipped or maybe they were making a joke you don't get because you are such a spelling freak. Of course you have never spelled a word wrong, forgot a cap, or punctuated incorrectly. You are of course perfect. What other intellectual garbage do you espouse. Patkindle I hereby spank you for your HORRID transgression.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

While grammar policing is relatively frowned upon (unless we're talking touschie), it seems apparent it's Hoots that needs to pull the wad from between his cheeks. Lighten up, pal, you'll be much happier.

Ragingbear 5 years, 9 months ago

There should be a comma after Patkindle in that last sentence. Therefore you fail at your entire point.

burnmu 5 years, 9 months ago

no one can accuse you of overreacting.

George_Braziller 5 years, 9 months ago

Not even knowing how to spell the town you live in does make it difficult to take someone seriously.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

"the same nice guy that sells you pot, sells crack to your 14 yr old daughter, think abot it"

Do people in the midwest smoke crack? I thot this was methland.

Ragingbear 5 years, 9 months ago

That's insane. I don't even have a 14 year old daughter.

waitjustaminute 5 years, 9 months ago

. . . and the stoners will try to say that "their weed" is not a gateway drug. I see a gate in the picture, "alledgedly" from the profits or future profits of dope. Although just an editorial coincidence I bet. Sure looks like a gateway drug.

Hoots 5 years, 9 months ago

There is mostly driveway in the photo. Pot is a driveway drug that ends up at the Big House.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

Only two posts in, and the level of intelligence can only go up from there.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

Bozo is smart enough, he's just usually wrong.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

"I was wrong"

In other late-breaking news, the sun is rising.

pace 5 years, 9 months ago

New america, guilt before trial, especially if they can make a buck. The feds and the local Kansas services are chumming policing into a pay for profit program. I am sure Brownback think as long as only citizens rights are trampled and not billionaires that it is good, or god would stop it.

davidmcg 5 years, 9 months ago

Brownback? Really? How does he fit in here? He is the governor, not a federal law enforcement officer, a federal appointee or a federal elected representative. The feds seized the property and want to sell it. Happens all the time. But, what should be done, is they temporarily seize it and not be allowed to do anything with it until and only if the accused are convicted.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

Hmmmmm.....if the Feds did this to executives of companies who hire illegals we'd make progress that front. This BS started with Reagan as I recall.

Hoots 5 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, not one of the BIG Wall Street thieves have been indicted as of yet. The firms pay fines to the fed while all the folks who committed the biggest financial fraud in history are less than a year away from the statute of limitations running out. No statute of limitation on most big crimes yet you can steal trillions from all over the planet and you get to skate. Life is good for the super rich. Both Democrats and Republicans are all in the can for these thieves. Bend over people, it's going to get worse. can you say Oligarchy? That's what you have people. Obama or Romney...there is no difference. Democrat or Republican...there is no difference.

camper 5 years, 9 months ago

"folks who committed the biggest financial fraud in history are less than a year away from the statute of limitations running out"

Thanks for that note. I cannot believe that not even one executive has been sent to jail. And why has there been virtually no reform on these banking derivatives and credit default swaps? And why are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan? This two party system we have here is really becoming ineffective.

Matt Bowers 5 years, 9 months ago

Maybe drug producers should become lobbyist and allow others to invest in their product through the stock exchange, like pharmaceutical companies. Then they can hire sells men to move the product and expand markets and join corporate America and bring our jobs home from Columbia/Mexico/Afghanistan.

We fight about drugs and what they do to society, but nobody wants to blame the legalized dopers for any of this, even though the drugs being pushed illegally have been around longer. Why can't the discussion be something like this, "people use drugs, you can't stop people from using drugs, how do we make it safer?" I don't know the answer, but what were doing now isn't working...that I do know.

There is a market for drug dealers, it is called capitalism & this country was built on it, so provide a safer means of taxing & distribution or continue down this path...seems simple.

Hoots 5 years, 9 months ago

"Indicted"...This word doesn't mean guilty. However, to our current government it means we can take all your stuff , sell it, act like we have already convicted you, and destroy your life all before you've had a trial of your peers. WOW...that doesn't sound like the America I learned about in my history, government, or civics classes. What happens if they destroy your life, sell all your stuff, drag your name through the mud, walk all over you , and then you are found innocent. Do they pay all of it back with interest and take out a full front page ad in the paper saying We were wrong...Sorry?

I hate criminals but this kind of action by government is a crime beyond selling weed. Is this really constitutional?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

If only they had donated big bucks to the DNC, they'd be in the clear.

Matt Bowers 5 years, 9 months ago

Like the pharmaceutical companies who fund the GOP, that is a good point!

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

I wish people would figure out government isn't their friend and it is just waiting to take everything it can get a judge to allow.

I'm proud of who I am and the America I was born into, but what we have today is a scam erected between our rights by elected apologists and thieves.

Lucky enough, I'll die within a few decades and you can have this stinking pile of oppression for yourselves. I'd just as well rot in the ground as not be a free man.

Hoots 5 years, 9 months ago

Just one question. Aren't the KU Basketball players just as guilty as the people selling it. Without demand there is no supply. So why aren't they trying to take all the stuff the KU Basketball players have? Why haven't they been indicted? All of these people are in the same circle of commerce. It's the simple chicken vs. egg question. Guessing the Morris twins smoked some weed. Just a guess for argument sake. I don't see them named. Are they going after their new cars or homes?

LadyJ 5 years, 9 months ago

Just don't try to enlarge the pic to get a good look, you'll think you have been using some of the stuff they were selling.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 9 months ago

That is the argument that is made by Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela gainst the U.S demand for drugs.

Matt Bowers 5 years, 9 months ago

Does that mean the company that produces oxcodone is guilty of providing a narcotic, because that is what it is, the only difference is that it can be prescribed. Both are drugs, both get you high, both are addictive.

Were dealing with an underground element of dealers & the consequences of people who become addicted. I don't think that any of it is pretty, but ask yourself why it is illegal and alcohol and pharmaceuticals aren't...same thing in all actuality.

What were doing is punishing people for being capitalists, which is the American way. On top of that were also punishing people for being weak and unable to cope, do you want to throw everyone behind bars because they have difficulty coping? That is why people escape, it doesn't matter if it legal escape or not, same thing.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 9 months ago

So where is Chad now. CCA? I know him well but had no idea he was into anything of this scale.

JJB 5 years, 9 months ago

I have to agree that the government is overly concerned with marijuana when we have an prescription drug epidemic. More people are dying from prescription drug abuse than marijuana. I think some efforts should be directed towards some of these doctors who are over-medicating our society. I also think we should take a second look at our government agencies when seizing money and property becomes their main objective. That's how corruption starts.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 9 months ago

In the eyes of the government and law enforcement the biggest crime here is making a ton of tax-free money. They don't give a damn about drugs, morals, or your kids. Chad's okay, but he always wanted to make a ton of money the easy way. Well, there are severe legal consequences, I'm thinking 10 to life in this case. However, if Chad rolls hard on some people, and I'm sure he will if he hasn't yet, he probably won't do too much time. But Uncle Sam pretty much owns him and everything he ever had.

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

Rumors flying around the "hood" about what's in the bottom of that nice new deep pond behind the pictured house. Hope they (whoever) keeps up the place while deciding the outcome, really nice with all of the groundwork, playground equipment and large outbuilding/garage.

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

Nice house. Good luck selling a million dollar home near Lawrence.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

No problem! Prohibition will make the next dealer rich enough to buy the house and have it remodeled.

Teri Griffin-Guntert 5 years, 9 months ago

Where have I been over the past 60 years? Since when does the government have the right to loot the property and belongings to someone who has been arrested on charges of any kind?

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

May 17th, 2011. Some people wearing funny costumes, a.k.a. the Supreme Court of the USA, ripped the 4th Amendment from the Constitution and expanded police powers in order to protect us from harmless marijuana.

Keith 5 years, 9 months ago

I believe this civil forfeiture really took off during the reign of St. Ronnie of Reagan.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 9 months ago

Bottom line is the Fed can do anything it wants. They threw Jose Padilla in a dark hole for a year or so before finally charging him with mayhem or wilding or something. I bet they took his Nike's, too.

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

Think one of the "other" properties is on Pawnee Street near the Haskell Campus; don't know about the third.

Sunny Parker 5 years, 9 months ago

Life in prison for selling pot. I disagree with that!

Steve Jacob 5 years, 9 months ago

If I remembered right "The Shield" had this as a major issue. On that show, if the Feds take everything, the more likely the defendants will plead guilty, with the feds leaving the family with something in return.

patkindle 5 years, 9 months ago

cry , cry , cry i doubt if the fed care about a few pot smokers but this bunch was evidently turning it into big business

Kirk Larson 5 years, 9 months ago

I am marginally OK with property seizures AFTER someone is convicted (and for more than just pot). I am totally against this business of seizing property even before a trial. Too many people found innocent never get their stuff back.

Jean Robart 5 years, 9 months ago

ever notice that few, if any defendants are found innocent? They may be found not guilty. Innocent is not the same as not guilty.

daddax98 5 years, 8 months ago

Courts are not in the business of finding innocence. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 9 months ago

Big brother wanting the bucks without finishing the job. Shame on you.

burnmu 5 years, 9 months ago

seizures should go to returning troops or sold and the proceeds going towards aiding the troops when they return. then some good would come of the situation, but only after someone is found guilty!

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

The Feds can choke on a fat Di*#. The best thing that could happen is the jury will refuse to convict. Jury nullification is the only way We The People will ever stop the tyranny of prohibition and the war on average Americans being perpetrated by the Prison Industrial Complex. Wake up already folks! 40 years of failure is enough! Freedom!

Jacob Sullum shares this incredible story from a defense attorney in Kansas: I had a jury trial this morning on level 3 possession with intent MJ, level 4 possession drug paraphernalia and level 10 no drug tax stamp. During voir dire, my almost all white, middle-class, middle-aged jury went into full rebellion against the prosecutor stating that they wouldn't convict even if the client's guilt was proven beyond a reasonable doubt -- almost all of them! They felt marijuana should be legalized, what he does with it is his own business and that the jails are already full of people for this silly charge. Then, when the potential jurors found out that the State wanted him to pay taxes on illegal drugs, they went nuts. One woman from the back said how stupid this was and why are we even here wasting our time. A "suit" from the front said this was the most ridiculous thing he'd ever heard. The prosecutor ended up dismissing the case. Judge gave me a dismissal with prejudice. I'm still laughing my ass off over this one. I have NEVER seen a full on mutiny by an entire jury pool before. Easiest win ever!

In so many ways, the drug war's own exploding unpopularity is poised to become its downfall. Events like this aren't the norm (yet), but the mere threat of insurrection in the courtroom is already an important check against prosecutorial overreach in the war on drugs (in case you were wondering why so many medical marijuana raids never lead to criminal charges).

As the polls continue to turn in favor of reform, the refusal of juries to convict marijuana offenders could quickly become a brutal burden for these drug war boneheads to bear. It's about damn time.

This is the way the drug war ends. This is the way the drug war ends. This is the way the drug war ends. Everyone is totally fed up.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 8 months ago

Once again, a story about drugs leads to a conversation about the YH.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

The conversation is about systematic corruption by supposed "law enforcement" right before your eyes, not YH. This is what the prohibition always leads to...rampant corruption. Are you that blind and dumb? Wake up!

MarcoPogo 5 years, 8 months ago

I know, smitty, you're one of the good ones. On behalf of the ignorant, unwashed masses that you love to look down upon, I apologize and wish you luck on your journey to save us from ourselves.

tbaker 5 years, 8 months ago

So the feds are trying to seize the personal property of someone who has been accused of a crime.

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Lets put aside the debate on the merits of the “War on Drugs” for a minute and ask if we have reached the point in this country where the federal government doesn’t even have to wait for the outcome of a trail before they violate your liberty.

Pay close attention to this one folks. This is a direct attack on the 4th amendment. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom should be ashamed of himself.

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if we'll get a full accounting of the amount of money that went into that palace. It has stonework all over the property. The four bay, separate garage is big enough to fit a busy farmer's equipment in it, it also has stonework all over. The home must be at least 5000 sq ft with a walk out basement to a pond with, you guessed it, stone all over. I don't think any expense was sparred. Custom millwork, built-ins, Pella windows. Yet, somehow, he managed to keep the thing from looking overdone. That is house that I could see Bill Self residing in. And here was a carpet cleaner with his girlfriend who owned a tanning salon building this castle in the country. It's really no wonder the IRS and the Feds caught up with this guy. He apparently wasn't as bright as he'd thought.

I will give him this much. He has good taste.

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