35 Face Drug Charges In Federal Indictment

Thirty-five people are charged in a federal indictment in a 17-million dollar drug trafficking ring that officials say operated in Johnson and Douglas counties in Kansas.

The 101-count indictment alleges that defendants Los Rovell Dahda and Chad Eugene Bauman, both from Lawrence, made millions as the leaders of a drug ring that operated from 2005 to 2012. The suspects are accused of selling high-grade marijuana and cocaine.

Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order more than $16.9 million in cash and real estate that were proceeds of the crimes to be forfeited to the government.

The drug ring allegedly supplied drugs to members of the 2010 to 2011 men’s basketball team at the University of Kansas.

The indictment includes allegations that the defendants laundered the proceeds of their drug operations through unlawful financial transactions involving businesses, real estate and personal property in Lawrence, Topeka, Iola, Kan., Gladstone, Mo., and elsewhere. The indictment also identifies residences and commercial properties in Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City, Kan., and other locations where the traffickers stored or distributed drugs.

The indictment also seeks additional penalties against traffickers who are accused of distributing drugs within the 1,000-ft. protected areas around playgrounds and schools including Lawrence High School, West Middle School, Haskell Indian Nations University, Holcomb Sports Complex, Olathe North High School and New York Elementary.

The indictment grows out of a federal criminal complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. The indictment adds 10 defendants and 100 counts. In the initial complaint, prosecutors alleged the organization’s primary method for getting drugs to Kansas from California was by commercial carrier.

Defendants named in the indictment are:
Los Rovell Dahda, 30, Lawrence, Kan.
Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 30, Lawrence, Kan.
Sadie Jolynn Brown, 25, Lawrence, Kan.
Justin Cherif Pickel, 32, San Lorenzo, Calif.
David James Essman, 35, Lawrence, Kan.
Amos Moses Hurst, 31, Eureka, Calif.
Phillip Villereal Alarcon, 43, Hayward, Calif.
Jeffery David Paviva, 39, Union City, Calif.
Mark Lee Romero, 31, Lawrence, Kan.
Samuel Villeareal, II, 32, Overland Park, Kan.
Peter Park, 41, Olathe, Kan.
Wayne Suhan Swift, 39, Hayward, Calif.
Charles Thomas Kreisler, 38, Kansas City, Mo.
James Michael Soderling, 42, Fort Bragg, Calif.
Simon Andrew Tyson, 27, Kansas City, Mo.
Trent Jordan Percival, 32, Overland Park, Kan.
Chad William Pollard, 34, Lenexa, Kan.
Jason Marcus Hansen, 38, Lenexa, Kan.
Daniel Mark Sieber, 31, Lawrence, Kan.
Justin Jerome Mercer, 35, Olathe, Kan.
Jacob Paul Forbes, 30, Lawrence, Kan.
Chad Eugene Bauman, 33, Lawrence, Kan.
Carey Lynn Willming, 36, Lawrence, Kan.
Michael Shane Witt, 37, Olathe, Kan.
Stephen Mallison Rector, 50, Kansas City, Kan.
Michael J. Berry, 27, Kansas City, Kan.
Adam Christiansen, 31, Lawrence, Kan.
Aaron G. Gunderson, 36, Topeka, Kan.
Nathan Wallace, 28, Topeka, Kan.
Ryan Kearns, 24, Lawrence, Kan.
Karl Havener, 25, Overland Park, Kan.
Damien J. Mick, 33, Shawnee, Kan.
Joshua Simpson, 28, Lenexa, Kan.
Sarah Soderling, 35, Ft. Bragg, Calif.
Elizabeth Dominique Watson, 44, Kansas City, Mo.