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Lawrence resident pleads guilty to organizing $16M drug trafficking ring

March 1, 2013


A 33-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges Friday in connection with a $16.9 million marijuana distribution ring that he allegedly organized with other Lawrence residents arrested last summer.

Chad Eugene Bauman pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and one count of organizing an ongoing criminal enterprise, according to court documents.

Bauman, who owned and operated a carpet cleaning business in rural Lawrence, made millions of dollars between 2005 and 2012 wholesaling marijuana with his alleged partners, Lawrence brothers Los Rovell and Roosevelt Dahda, both 31.

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One of Bauman's business partners, who was also indicted in the case, Carey Willming, of McLouth, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to money laundering charges. Willming had used bank accounts associated with the tanning salon she and Bauman owned, Ultimate Tan, 2449 Iowa, to hide drug proceeds, according to prosecutors.

Bauman's plea agreement with prosecutors was sealed by court order, but other defendants in the case have been subject to substantial property forfeitures.

Willming, who faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, will forfeit more than $45,000, as well as an engagement ring purchased for her by Bauman, according to court documents.

Willming is free on a $25,000 bond. A court order in February said she and Bauman could be married while he remains in federal custody in Leavenworth.

Bauman was the fifth Lawrence resident to plead guilty in a case that included 43 defendants, including residents of California and Douglas and Johnson counties. Of those, 24 have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.


getitright2 5 years, 2 months ago

WOW talk about sensationalizing and false reporting. LJ World should do a little more re-searcch. 1. Mr. Bauman was not a carpet cleaner that was one of several businesses that he owned. 2. He and Ms. Willming may have a personal relationship but I DARE you to show where they are business partners. They are not now nor have they ever been. It strikes me as ironic that you repeatedly mention her legitimate salon in all of your articles regarding this case but not any of the other numerous business held by other defendants that have been closed and/or siezed. Not only do you repeatedly mention the salon but you have the nerve to try to sell advertising to them. You should be ashamed of such poor reporting! Shame on you

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 2 months ago

I gotta say: Why are you SO enraged by the reporting, but not enraged by the crime? Your "shame on you" seems misdirected.

Currahee 5 years, 2 months ago

Did you create a profile just to point this error out?

Toni Shelton 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm trying to figure out where in this story it said he was a carpet cleaner, because I clearly read owned and operated a carpet cleaning business. And the woman pled guilty to money laundering, using the bank accounts of her "legitimate salon". I'm not sure I see what your point is in this rant.

getitright2 5 years, 2 months ago

I must say that I do not condone drug dealing, but I also do not condone repeated false reporting. Our media is out of control and print whatever they think will make the best headlines regardless of how true the "facts" are, and to repeatedly print false statements is irresponseable.

elliottaw 5 years, 2 months ago

90% of media is owned by two companies get used to it you are only going hear what they want you to

ottawaway 5 years, 2 months ago

Pretty much if you deal drugs together you are business partners.

getitright2 5 years, 2 months ago

I guess I missed the part where it said they were both dealing drugs! My bad!

somebodynew 5 years, 2 months ago

OK, if you allow a 'friend' to lauder drug money through Your tanning salon business then the Government considers you as 'business partners' or 'dealing drugs'.

And most likely the paper is printing what was brought out in Court documents.

Shame this upsets you so much, must be family. Think I could get a good deal on the house(s) he was building ???

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 months ago

Wonder what is going to become of Carey Willming's unfinished house at N.W. corner of Stull Road ant E.550. Beautiful house and location; wonder what's hidden out there including bottom of new pond?

ottawaway 5 years, 2 months ago

She wouldn't be pleading guilty to money laundering charges if she made the money legally. The indictment complaint is a for a 16 million $ drug operation. She's a drug dealer. Wether they caught her red handed dealing drugs or not she's obviously in the business of selling drugs because she can't prove otherwise where her money came from & she's obviously associated with a drug dealer.

ottawaway 5 years, 2 months ago

In less than a month this woman deposited over $36,000.00 in a bank account or account's. In between her & her boyfriend's businesses I find it highly unlikely they made that money honestly. Let alone the time these people are looking at the fines they receive are going to be huge. In the millions.

ForThePeople 5 years, 2 months ago

I am still wondering why the LJW has not done complete reporting of this story. It is my understanding that many other defendants were placing pleas on Friday as well as Mr. Bauman. The link to the indictment is for the original indictment made last summer, there is at least one more, with the full list of the 43 individuals charged, including those arrested in November, both here and in California. Will you ever be reporting on those individuals and printing the second and possibly third indictments, of which at least one is now unsealed?

I have only been able to find one story on the November arrests and it's in a small town Northern California paper. In this link to a two part story they discuss a third indictment, but at that time it had not been unsealed. Can you please follow up more thoroughly on this story?

kernal 5 years, 2 months ago

Complain to your legislators. They're the ones who write the laws, not law inforcement or the courts.

ForThePeople 5 years, 2 months ago

This is a serious issue with our justice system. Unfortunately Federal and State crimes are given different sentencing guidelines and the Federal judges have no leeway, whereas state judges have a lot more wiggle room when deciding on the sentence. To me it seems extremely unfair that a murderer can get out of prison after doing very few years being tried at the State level, while a non-violent crime may land you a lifetime if charged at the Federal level.

ottawaway 5 years, 2 months ago

The feds also confinscated a lot of firearms from some involved. I doubt these people would have messed around with anybody they thought could give them a problem.

leftylucky 5 years, 2 months ago

Check Mendocino Beacon for more of the story

theultimatekufan 5 years, 2 months ago

If you go read the initial documents filed in June 2012, Ultimate Tan was bought with drug money and they were laundering money through the salon. Now Bauman and Willming have plead guilty to all charges, and will be facing significant prison time once sentenced. The sad thing is the businesses that they were operating purely to launder millions of dollars for their own greed, impacted legitimate businesses in Lawrence.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 2 months ago

Laundering money is really hard. The banks will flag any suspicious activity, such as a 4 booth tanning salon raking in $36K a month. Anyone at the bank who saw that would point it out to a supervisor.

Ann Hamil 5 years, 2 months ago

But these money laundering bankers were too big to jail, so instead paid 5 weeks worth of ill gotten gains from 10 years of there is incentive to stop.

theultimatekufan 5 years, 2 months ago

Hope the people that have paid for monthly tanning packages just before spring break can get their money back!!

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