Same area as 2004 raid; 120 plants recovered

  For the second time in nine years, members of a Rockdale area family have been arrested and charged with marijuana growing after surveillance from the air.

  Sheriff David Greene said the raid in a heavily-wooded area in the 6000 block of US 79 west of Rockdale occurred Wednesday afternoon and evening. Seven persons were arrested and one suspect remains at large. Names were released Friday afternoon by the sheriff's department.

  Arrested were Theodore Doss, Jubilee Doss, Apoline Doss, Rose Marie Doss, Margaret Doss, Arthur Doss and Sophia Doss.

   Each was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. An additional charge of tampering with physical evidence was filed against Rose Marie Doss, Margaret Doss and Sophia Doss. Chief Deputy Chris White said it's alleged the three women attempted to destroy marijuana on the ground when peace officers closed in.

Bond was set at $30,000 each for the two possession charges and an additional $20,000 for the tampering charges.

  White said felony drug possession warrants have been issued for Coy Doss, who was also one of three persons arrested in the Sept. 21, 2004, raid in the same area. "He was alleged to have been at the property when officers arrived but was not located," White said.

  Officers said about 120 marijuana plants were located and evidence showed other locations throughout the property where marijuana was being cultivated and processed for use. Items alleged to be "hallucinogenic mushrooms" were also located, officers said.

  In the 2004 raid, over 800 marijuana plants were located in what was termed the largest drug raid in the history of Milam County. In both 2004 and on Wednesday a DPS helicopter flying over the area alerted law enforcement agencies to what was believed to be a marijuana field.

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