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Drug trafficker who implicated KU basketball players pleads guilty

February 6, 2013

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A 33-year-old Overland Park man has pleaded guilty to his part in a $16.9 million drug trafficking conspiracy allegedly organized by Lawrence residents arrested by federal agents last summer.

Samuel Villeareal pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and to maintain a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas said Wednesday. Villeareal was one of 43 defendants charged last year after local law enforcement and federal agents raided businesses and arrested suspects in Douglas and Johnson counties on June 13. In October, eight more people were indicted, including several California residents.

In his plea, Villeareal admitted he bought pound quantities of marijuana from co-defendant Los Rovell Dahda, 31, Lawrence. Los Rovell Dahda and his brother Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 31, are among those charged with operating a marijuana and cocaine distribution ring in Lawrence for more than five years, bringing in drugs from Mexico, Canada, and northern California.

When investigators searched Villeareal's home in the 800 block of Crestline Dr. last May and searched his cellular phones, they found text messages suggesting Kansas University basketball players were among Villeareal's customers, according to prosecutors.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. Villeareal faces at least 10 years in prison and a possible life sentence, along with a $10 million fine.

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Comments

Horace 1 year, 10 months ago

Smearing innocent people (I can't believe everyone on the team was a stoner) the way that indictment did was ticket-punching shameful.

FarneyMac 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, KU athletes (sorry, STUDENT-athletes) are saints and would never do something like smoking the pots or the devil weed!

homechanger 1 year, 10 months ago

The way Kansas is playing right now they must have found a new source. Ha ha.

ForThePeople 1 year, 10 months ago

Why has no one reported on the other eight suspects arrested in November, that were charged in the second indictment? I believe it was unsealed in December or maybe early January. The only news I've been able to find, was in a small town California newspaper. The indictment, which lists the last eight people, was not printed in the article. Just the names of the folks arrested in California. Of those eight, I think there were three taken in from Lawrence and/or the KC metro. Seems like LJW has dropped the ball on this. Any chance you can or will follow up on this?

wereallinthistogether 1 year, 10 months ago

10 years to life and smoking pot in Colorado is legal!? Messed up! You'd think he killed someone or something!

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