Archive for Monday, July 30, 2012

Investigators trying to identify proceeds from alleged drug ring

The case involves the indictment of 35 defendants, including 11 Lawrence residents, on drug conspiracy and other federal charges.

July 30, 2012


KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A federal prosecutor said on Monday that her office was asking defense attorneys in a major Douglas County and Johnson County drug trafficking case to disclose information about their fees as investigators seek to identity proceeds from alleged drug sales.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead said in court on Monday that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating the source of funds for a number of defendants in the case.

“We’ve been seizing considerable assets,” she said.

The case involves the indictment of 35 defendants, including 11 Lawrence residents, on drug conspiracy and other federal charges. Prosecutors accuse members of the group of working to distribute a mixture containing cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from 2005 to June of this year.

Prosecutors are seeking a $16.9 million judgment, alleging the defendants obtained that amount over the seven years of drug distribution, and U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office has claimed two Lawrence residents, Los Rovell Dahda, 30, and Chad Eugene Bauman, 33, made millions as leaders of the effort.

Morehead told a judge in court on Monday in front of almost all 35 defendants that investigators believed “a number of defendants” had hidden assets and income “even since they’ve been in custody.” Federal and state officers rounded up most defendants in June in Lawrence and elsewhere. Morehead said the government would make available much more evidence than is required under federal rules to defense attorneys who complied with the fee disclosure request.

All defendants in the case pleaded not guilty to charges in the indictment on Monday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara. Most of the defendants and their lawyers packed an appellate courtroom as they sat in dozens of chairs set up in front of the judge.

During a past detention hearing, Morehead accused one of the defendants, Samuel Villeareal III, 31, of supplying marijuana to unnamed Kansas University men’s basketball players during the 2010-2011 season.

The indictment in the case does not mention Morehead’s allegation about KU players, and it did not come up at Monday’s hearing.

Villeareal also has Lawrence ties, according to court records, and in one count he’s accused of attempting to distribute marijuana in May 2011 within 1,000 feet of West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road.

Besides Dahda and Bauman, Grissom’s office has listed these Lawrence defendants:

• Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 30.

• Sadie Jolynn Brown, 25.

• David James Essman, 35.

• Mark Lee Romero, 31.

• Daniel Mark Sieber, 31.

• Carey Lynn Willming, 36.

• Jacob Paul Forbes, 30.

• Adam Christiansen, 31.

• Ryan Kearns, 24.

Because of the complexity of the case, including authorized wiretaps of phones and extensive video surveillance, prosecutors are asking a trial in the case not begin until next June. In a motion about the proposed timetable, prosecutors also said they anticipate “additional individuals will be indicted in this case in the future.”


somebodynew 5 years, 7 months ago

Can I buy that house(s) (cheap, of course) that one of them has been building in the county?? Maybe the gov't would give me a good price ??

LadyJ 5 years, 7 months ago

Interesting website. I did note that there were no properties listed in Texas or Missouri at this time.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 7 months ago

Are you kidding? Think about all the unemployed lawyers, judges, prison guards and police we'd have to deal with. /s

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 7 months ago

Postpone the trial until NEXT June? What about the defedants' rights to a speedy trial? Surely the prosecutor has enough to go to trial.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Delay is the friend of the defense. Usually, if the prosecution is asking for a delay, the defense is thrilled to oblige.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

The reason most defendants are unable to obtain reversals of their convictions on statutory speedy trial grounds is that any delay at the request of the defendant or where the defendant did not object to the continuance is not counted in determining whether trial commenced within the number of days specified in the various statutes.

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

Any photographs of the perps available? By-the-way, that house is a "honey".

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

I guarantee that Baumann tried to hide money in all kinds of places. Whoever buys his country estate might stumble on some buried treasure.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

So the perps aren't cooperating. This will not end well for this group of scum bags.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 7 months ago

Were you expecting them all to walk in and say "Aaaahhhh, ya got me."?

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

Usually a plea deal is the smart course of action when you're caught red handed, which they were. These guys trying to keep their loot are just causing themselves more grief down the road. The IRS will find their hidden stashes, then they can add tax evasion to drug dealing and money laundering.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

Assuming they haven't already been charged with tax evasion, in which case they can add a few additional counts. And possibly obstruction. These idiots better just come clean.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

From what I understand from friends that are into this kind of thing, the perps were into low grade swag by Lawrence standards, not the Humboldt County/Nederlands high quality knock you on your butt weed. This was supposedly Mexican weed. Apparently there is still lots of good stuff to be had around town.

somebodynew 5 years, 7 months ago

Well Jack, obviously you and I have different friends because that isn't what I am hearing. A lot of this was primo stuff. Now I do believe there is still lots of good stuff to be had around town.

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

Somebody said the fishing might be good at the bottom of that new pond on the Baumann/Willming new home site. Didn't know fish could grow that fast in a brand new pond.

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