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Drug Bust in Douglas and Johnson Counties Nets 25 Arrests

Federal drug charges have been filed against more than two dozen defendants in Johnson and Douglas counties.  Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas alleging that all 25 defendants were part of a drug ring that distributed high-grade marijuana in Douglas and Johnson counties from 2008 through 2012.  The single-count complaint alleges that all defendants conspired to possess and distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.  Search warrants were served and arrests were made today (WED) by federal agents and local law enforcement agencies.  If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine of up to $10 million.  Defendants named in the criminal complaint are:

         Los Rovell Dahda, 30, Lawrence
         Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 30, Lawrence
         Sadie Jolynn Brown, 25, Lawrence
         David James Essman, 35, Lawrence
         Mark Lee Romero, 31, Lawrence
         Daniel Mark Sieber, 31, Lawrence
         Chad Eugene Bauman, 33, Lawrence
         Carey Lynn Willming, 36, Lawrence

         Justin Jerome Mercer, 35, Olathe
         Michael Shane Witt, 37, Olathe
         Peter Park, 41, Olathe

         Samuel Villeareal, II, 32, Overland Park
         Trent Jordan Percival, 32, Overland Park

         Chad William Pollard, 34, Lenexa
         Jason Marcus Hansen, 38, Lenexa

         Jacob Paul Forbes

         Stephen Mallison Rector, 50, Kansas City, Kansas
         Charles Thomas Kreisler, 38, Kansas City
         Simon Andrew Tyson, 27, Kansas City

         Justin Cherif Pickel, 32, San Lorenzo, California
         Phillip Villereal Alarcon, 43, Hayward, California
         Wayne Suhan Swift, 39, Hayward, California
         James Michael Soderling, 42, Fort Bragg, California
         Jeffery David Paviva, 39, Union City, California
         Amos Moses Hurst, 31, Seattle, Washington
Agencies involved in the investigation and the arrest of defendants include the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Internal Revenue Service.



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