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35 indicted, including Lawrence residents, on drug charges; prosecutors allege KU basketball link

Prosecutors say two Lawrence men made ‘millions’ in drug ring

July 12, 2012, 2:17 p.m. Updated July 12, 2012, 6:28 p.m.

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A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 35 people, including several Lawrence residents, alleging that they conspired to distribute five kilograms of a mixture containing cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from 2005 to June of this year.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office in June had already announced charges against 25 people, mostly in Johnson and Douglas counties, related to a long-term investigation.

The indictment filed in court this week mentions some new information including that prosecutors are seeking a $16.9 million judgment, alleging the defendants obtained that amount as a result of the drug distribution.

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Samuel Villeareal III, a 31-year-old man who prosecutors have alleged supplied marijuana to Kansas University basketball players during the 2010-2011 season, is also charged specifically with attempting to distribute marijuana on May 16, 2011, within 1,000 feet of West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road. The indictment, which outlines formal charges in a federal case, does not mention the allegations involving KU players.

Grissom’s office last month listed eight charged Lawrence residents in the group as Los Rovell Dahda, 30; Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 30; Sadie Jolynn Brown, 25; David James Essman, 35; Mark Lee Romero, 31; Daniel Mark Sieber, 31; Chad Eugene Bauman, 33; and Carey Lynn Willming, 36. On Thursday prosecutors identified three additional Lawrence residents, Jacob Paul Forbes, 30, Adam Christiansen, 31, and Ryan Kearns, 24.

“The 101-count indictment alleges that defendants Los Rovell Dahda Chad Bauman made millions as the leaders of a drug trafficking organization that operated from 2005 to 2012,” according to a statement from Grissom’s office Thursday. “Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order more than $16.9 million in cash and real estate that were proceeds of the crimes to be forfeited to the government.”

Bauman and Willming were owners of Ultimate Tan, 2449 Iowa, which was raided June 13, the same day officers made several arrests in the case, and according to an earlier complaint filed before the indictment officers believed the business was set up to conceal drug proceeds and launder drug money.

The indictment also alleges Los Dahda in November 2011 “knowingly and intentionally” opened, leased, rented, used and maintained Gran- Daddy’s BBQ, 1147 W. 23rd St., and managed and controlled it for the purpose of storing and distributing marijuana.

Prosecutors in the indictment accuse the group, including Bauman and Willming, of maintaining “drug-involved premises” in Kansas, Missouri and California as part of the alleged drug ring. Authorities also allege separate defendants possessed drugs with intent to sell them within 1,000 feet of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence High School, Holcom Sports Complex and New York School.

According to court documents, Villeareal, who has been identified as an Overland Park resident by prosecutors, has Lawrence ties, and he was released on $10,000 bond with his next hearing scheduled for July 30.

At his June 18 detention hearing, assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead alleged Villeareal was a supplier to KU basketball players based on text messages investigators obtained from his iPhone they seized. She called the phone “a key component to this entire investigation.”

“At one occasion law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players,” Morehead said, according to the transcript. “So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.”

The Kansas City Star obtained the transcript of Villeareal’s June 18 detention hearing late last month and posted it on its website.

KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World last week the allegations bothered him but that he was not rushing to judgment as the process played out. Self also declined comment on specific aspects of the case.

Several agencies, including Lawrence police and Douglas County sheriff’s officers, were involved in the long-term investigation.

Comments

rumor_man 2 years, 4 months ago

This is an illusion done with smoke and mirrors.

somebodynew 2 years, 4 months ago

OH, I am guess there was a lot of 'smoke' involved.

DeMontfort 2 years, 4 months ago

Unnatural tanning is hazardous to your health and well-being.

Brian Conrad 2 years, 4 months ago

the weed no problem.. but the tanning beds are turrrible

irvan moore 2 years, 4 months ago

who would have thought there was a market for dope in lawrence kansas

Bursting 2 years, 4 months ago

they made millions, government should learn from them. Legalize, tax, benefit.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe this explains why Grandaddy's had such sporadic business hours. The BBQ business was just a front for the other, more lucrative business.

Still, they had some pretty good ribs.

shadowlady 2 years, 4 months ago

The last time I had any of Granddaddys BBQ, it was absolutely awful, I will never buy that high priced crap from them again. I wasted money, I'll take Biemmers any day.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

I would guess it is now and forever closed.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 4 months ago

Has anyone seen a link to the newly unsealed indictment?

George Diepenbrock 2 years, 4 months ago

I am posting it. Check the story above shortly. Let me know if you have problems.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 4 months ago

I thought only Kentucky players did stuff like this?

Brian Conrad 2 years, 4 months ago

Kentucky players to busy investing the hundreds of thousands in payoffs

ssteve1 2 years, 4 months ago

Holy Cr#p! Drugs? lawrence? I don't believe it.

classclown 2 years, 4 months ago

Grandaddy's BBQ giving new meaning to the term smoked meat.

"Authorities also allege separate defendants possessed drugs with intent to sell them within 1,000 feet of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence High School, Holcom Sports Complex and New York School"

The high school and New York I get. But Haskell and the sports complex? Since when is the vicinity of a sports complex and a university a tack on offense?

pizzapete 2 years, 4 months ago

Bummer about Gram Daddy's BBQ, I guess we're lucky Vermont St is finally making a comeback.

pizzapete 2 years, 4 months ago

"The indictment filed in court this week mentions some new information including that prosecutors are seeking a $16.9 million judgment, alleging the defendants obtained that amount as a result of the drug distribution."

I hope our local police can get some of this money and that they'll put the majority of it aside to help pay off any cost associated with hiring more police or building a new headquarters.

Kontum1972 2 years, 4 months ago

then it leads to heroin.....Rock and Roll Animal.....White Light....Lou Reed....

Kontum1972 2 years, 4 months ago

so there was no drug testing for athletes at KU?....hmmmm...

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 4 months ago

Everyone knows that mary-jane is a performance enhancing drug. Check out 14-time Olympic gold medal champion swimmer Michael Phelps. He held 39 world records at one point in time. http://snarkfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/michael-phelps-hits-a-bong-768x1024.jpg

DillonBarnes 2 years, 4 months ago

Wait, are you telling me that you can have a little weed and still be one of the best basketball teams in the country? This just doesn't make sense, that's like saying you can smoke weed and win 6 gold medals in swimming!

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

Old Chad the carpet cleaner was doing pretty good for himself.

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't ever buy ribs made by somebody by the name Los Dahda. No way. Bubba, Guy, Mae, Steve, OK, ribs. Los Dahda, no way. I would try his chile rellenos, though, especially if they were 'smoked'.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 4 months ago

Gran Daddy's was AWESOME when it was in the Checker's parking lot, PRETTY DANG GOOD when it was next door to the strip club and then THOROUGHLY DOWNHILL everywhere else. I guess once the millions cleared, the rib quality suffered.

pills4profit 2 years, 4 months ago

Water, let me introduce you to my friend, grease fire. I think you two will get along just fine . . .

Got to love the war on drugs!

kufan1146 2 years, 4 months ago

So is Gran-Daddy's closed or what? Haven't been there in a month or so. Anyone know?

CreatureComforts 2 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm, apparently I am in the minority when I say this - "no wonder Gran Daddy's is so awful"

Ewok79 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks guys this has been the best thing read all morning. Well done!! LMFAO

Bruce Rist 2 years, 4 months ago

you guys are cracking me up in here today. I'm LMAO with these posts

jaywalker 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the chuckles, T_O_B and KLIb.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

The feds apparently busted a close connection to this operation who then wanted a way out who then took 35 others with.

Lordy mercy.....

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

I say it goes Marlboro, Budweiser, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, then boy rape....

MarcoPogo 2 years, 4 months ago

And you'll want to make sure you have a tax stamp for all of that or you'll be facing extra charges.

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting in that the only buyers Ms. Morehead mentions are the KU basketball players. Gotta vamp for that bling and get those headlines, right, Terra?

shygal83 2 years, 4 months ago

So if they even "made" 16.9 million over 7 years and only these 35 guys were involved that would means they made less than $69,000 a year. Since we know the police and newspapers always over exaggerate who/what/how much is involved to make it sound better, their punishment seems a bit extreme for people making just a little over the national average. If these guys were making millions, why wouldn't they retire? Not that I condone their activities, but marijuana is used for medical purposes. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

shygal83 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm sorry. I meant their alleged punishment. All I was doing was figuring up the math the news article mentioned and the couple that did get busted had successful, legit businesses. They would have earned money from that. Don't be jerk.

shygal83 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm sorry. I meant their alleged punishment. All I was doing was figuring up the math the news article mentioned and the couple that did get busted had successful, legit businesses. They would have earned money from that. Don't be a jerk.

Clickker 2 years, 4 months ago

Is Soderling the youth swim coach in Lawrence? Is it the same guy?

And it is amazing that they get these guys for leasing places within 1000 ft of a school!! Dumb.

devobrun 2 years, 4 months ago

Soderling was the head coach at the Aquahawks. And a very good one. Fired from here, he was hired at Topeka swim association. Fired from there he moved to Mendocino, Ca. Fired from there...... He has fallen a long way. Don't let anybody tell you that drugs don't hurt anybody. Ask his ex-wife and two daughters.

formerfarmer 2 years, 4 months ago

“At one occasion law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players,” Morehead said, according to the transcript. “So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.”

Guilty because Villeareal attended a game. Does that mean that everyone who sits behind the players bench has a "personal and professional relationship" with the KU players???

Ricky_Vaughn 2 years, 4 months ago

Law enforcement doesn't watch everyone who site behind the players...but maybe they should.

pace 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad Grandadddy's is open. I like their ribs and sauce.
I wonder how much we spend chasing the weed? We should be chasing cyber crooks and scams. The corporations are privatizing not only incarceration but policing. Grandma get scammed? Don't expect the DA or AG to care, they say buy protection from a corporation.

LadyJ 2 years, 4 months ago

If they made so much money, why did Jacob Paul Forbes need to commit an aggravated robbery that happened in March involving a laptop? http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr... Also odd is the fact that commenting was disabled on the story that appeared in May when he was arrested.

grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

I doubt that GranDaddy was fully aware of what was going on.I know a couple of people warned him about the company he was keeping and who he left in charge of the store when he wasn't there. And "Dahda" is not the brothers' real surname.The twins changed their names after a previous drug bust. They are bi-racial, not hispanic.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 4 months ago

Instead of Waive the Wheat, its now Waive the Weed....

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