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Neighbors are freaked out by major marijuana bust near Baylor


Authorities have arrested 4 people accused of running a marijuana operation that sells approximately $30,000 to $40,000 worth of marijuana a month to Baylor students.

Joe Coy with McGregor PD says the investigation involves the distribution of high grade marijuana and the investigation uncovered that this marijuana ring was targeting Baylor students.

They found that this operation was selling $30,000 to $40,000 to Baylor students and as many as 80 Baylor students have been identified as regular customers of the ring.

After a three month investigation started by McGregor and Lorena Police Departments, two search warrants were executed around the Baylor Campus area on August 28.

On Wednesday, McGregor, Lorena and DEA Agents executed one of the warrants at a home in the 1900 block of South 12th in Waco. 32-year-old Richard Ostheimer, 21-year-old Sebastian Lofaro and 21-year-old Alexander Leake were arrested at the home by agents.

Agents found evidence of a high grade marijuana distribution network at the home. They recovered three weapons, approximately 2.5 lbs. of marijuana, numerous prescription pills, packaging material and approximately $7,600 in cash at the home. They also seized Leake's 2007 Cadillac STS sedan pending a forfeiture investigation.

"They were running considerably a lot of money through these places monthly," assistant chief for McGregor Police department James Burson said.

Later on Wednesday, officers from McGregor Police Department, Constable Pct. 5 and DEA executed the second search warrant at a home in the 1800 block of South 11th in Waco. 21-year-old Solanga Weeraratne was arrested on the Baylor Campus, in cooperation with Baylor PD.

Baylor student Madelinne Marstiller lives next door to the home on 12th Street. She heard the raid from the beginning as she was drinking her morning coffee.

"I just hear this really big bang somewhere in the neighborhood, I wasn't sure where it was and shouting right after it," Marstiller said. "I was taking my dog out and some cops were leading my neighbors across my front walk with handcuffs on so that was that."

However, Baylor student Drew McMillon lives a couple houses down from the home on 11th Street. She says she was freaked out when she heard that was going on.

"I think it is very scary because it's right next door to my house, I mean we just moved in and three days after school starts this is the first thing we hear about," McMillon said.

At the home, agents found marijuana, packing material, an A-15 223 caliber assault weapon and approximately $3,500 in cash. Officers also found that Weeraratne had $1,300 in cash on him when he was arrested.

Additional arrests are expected in this investigation as at least 80 Baylor students are being linked to this marijuana operation.

Investigator Joe Coy says a second search warrant was served overnight Thursday at the home in the 1900 block of S. 12th. Further examination of the home turned up hidden compartments, more marijuana and a substance suspected to be LSD.

Coy also says the earlier estimates that the operation sold $30,000 to $40,000 a month, is probably low.

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