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Eight in family get indictments for ‘pot farm’

Father remains at large from May 23 raid


Coy Doss, 66, already on parole for a 2004 conviction, was one of eight family members indicted Thursday on new charges. Coy Doss, 66, already on parole for a 2004 conviction, was one of eight family members indicted Thursday on new charges. Eight members of a Rockdale area family, accused in May of maintaining a commercial-grade marijuana growing operation for the second time in nine years, were indicted Thursday by a Milam County Grand Jury.

Seven were arrested during a raid on their property May 23, but one remains at large almost two months later.

That’s Coy Doss, 66, who was on parole from his 2004 conviction involving similar offenses on the same property. He was indicted for second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams) and possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds), a third-degree felony.

He was the only one of the eight family members indicted Thursday who was not arrested May 23.

Milam County Deputy Chris White said officers believe Coy Doss had been present at the marijuana-growing operation, and warrants have been issued for his arrest, but he has not yet been located.

Other family members indicted Thursday were (all charges felonies):

• Mary Margaret Doss, 62, Rockdale, third-degree tampering with evidence, third-degree possession of marijuana (four ounces to five pounds), second-degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams).

• Apolline Violet Doss, 35, Rockdale, second-degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), third-degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds).

• Arthur Diamond Doss, 25, Rockdale, second-degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), third-degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds).

• Jubilee Hanuman Doss, 33, Rockdale, third-degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), third-degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds).

• Rose Marie Doss, 22, Rockdale, third-degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds), third-degree tampering with evidence, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams).

• Sophia Grace Doss, 18, Rockdale, third-degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds), second- degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams).

• Theodore Emory Doss, 23, Colorado Springs, Colorado, third-degree possession of controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), third- degree possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds).

Those seven are out on bail, according to the sheriff’s department.

White said Coy and Margaret Doss are husband and wife, while others indicted include their children and other family members.

Second-degree felonies are punishable by prison terms from 2 to 20 years, third-degree felo- nies by terms from 2 to 10 years.

Each is also punishable by a fine of up to $10,000.

RAID—The May 23 raid on a farm seven miles west of Rockdale off US 79, came after officers in a DPS helicopter spotted what officers maintain was a commercial grade marijuana growing operation.

White said the farm—also the site of the 2004 raid which resulted in Coy Doss being sent to prison— had been under surveillance since authorities received a tip earlier this year that marijuana was again being cultivated on the premises.

He said officers from several law enforcement agencies arrived to find a small marijuana field nestled in a heavily-wooded area and smoke coming from the chimney of one building “with a heavy odor of marijuana.”

Tampering with evidence charges were filed in connection with the burning marijuana, White said.

Investigators said there were other locations throughout the property where marijuana was being cultivated and processed.

White said during the raid 120 small marijuana plants, between 18 and 20 inches tall, were recovered, along with mushrooms investigators believe had been collected and dried to be used as a hallucinogenic.


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