Yuba County marijuana tied to Texas plot
December 22, 2013
Investigators in Yuba County seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana worth more than $500,000 linked to a pot distribution ring in central Texas, authorities said Tuesday.
NET-5 assisted police from McGregor, Texas, in executing search warrants on Monday at a residence in Dobbins, a ranch in Oregon House and two storage units in Yuba City owned by brothers Chad and Connor Koss, according to NET-5 Cmdr. Martin Horan.
"We had received information before that Chad Koss and his family had been growing marijuana in the hills for a while," Horan said.
Yuba County Undersheriff Jerry Read said deputies were aware of a medical marijuana grow at the Oregon House residence since 2010. McGregor police were led to the Yuba County foothills as a result of a search warrant served on Nov. 29 at the Waco, Texas, home of Larry and Le'Ann Koss, according to McGregor police.
A search of a 20-acre Oregon House ranch belonging to Chad Koss on the 14200 block of Neptune Lane resulted in the seizure of about 150 pounds of marijuana, a pound of marijuana buds, business records and a pistol.
Chad Koss' location is unknown, according to Horan.
The search of Connor Koss' residence in the 14300 block of Pine Crest Lane in Dobbins resulted in the seizure of 30 pounds of marijuana buds and an additional 50 pounds of marijuana and equipment used to convert marijuana to hashish, according to a McGregor police press release.
Connor, 25, Larry, 58, and Le'Ann Koss, 60, were arrested on suspicion of illegal distribution of marijuana, illegal distribution of hashish and money laundering in November. They are booked at McLennan County Jail in Texas.
"That's a fairly large grow. But the significance grows by the fact that they were going across state lines to Texas for distribution," Horan said.
"For that reason, federal investigators are going to be involved as well in assisting Texas."
A search of two storage units in Yuba City revealed about $2,000 in currency and several gold and silver coins, the release said.
McGregor police plans to seize the two residences, which NET-5 agents estimated to be worth about $390,000.
Monica Vaughan is a reporter at the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.