Police raid Baylor campus houses for marijuana

Police conducted a three month investigation before raiding two Baylor campus homes for just over two and a half pounds of cannabis.
Police conducted a three month investigation before raiding two Baylor campus homes for just over two and a half pounds of cannabis.

Police raided two Baylor campus homes on Wednesday and made four arrests relating to marijuana. Police seized marijuana, pills, $12,400 in cash, a Cadillac and a BMW after a three month investigation by McGregor and Lorena police.

Police said that three of the four people arrested are Baylor students and that they operated by selling cannabis to other Baylor students.

“The investigation uncovered the monthly distribution of approximately $30,000 to $40,000.00 worth of marijuana targeting Baylor students as the organization’s customer base,” McGregor police said in a press release Thursday.

McGregor and Lorena detectives launched the investigation into the operation after Lorena police officers stopped a vehicle several months ago that contained marijuana and had ties to McGregor,
according to McGregor Assistant Police Chief James Burson.

Local officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents served the first warrant at 1902 South 12th St. in Waco, and recovered two weapons, two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana, prescription pills and about $7,600 in cash.

A second search warrant was later served at 1814 South 11th Street and recovered marijuana packaging material, an A-15 223-caliber assault weapon and a total of about $4,800 in cash.

Richard Ostheimer, Sebastian Lofaro, Alexander Leake, and Solanga Weeraratne were all arrested.

Ostheimer, an Afghanistan war veteran who served multiple tours and graduated from Baylor in May with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, is in the McLennan County Jail on bonds totaling $100,000 charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Leake was held in lieu of bonds totaling $110,000, charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and money laundering.

Weeraratne was jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $6,000, charged with money laundering and possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana.

Police said more arrests are possible.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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