In the most shocking development yet surrounding The Bachelor, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that Vienna Girardi dated an alleged drug lord up until the moment she met Jake Pavelka – and was still in contact with him after the show.
The 23-year-old, who won the heart of the Bachelor, dated Chase Alley until she left Florida for the Los Angeles taping of The Bachelor. Alley was arrested March 5 in the biggest drug bust in Central Florida's history.
He was booked on 50 counts of conspiracy to buy, possess and sell marijuana. He was also accused of money laundering and drug trafficking and importing. And he faces racketeering charges, which means he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Almost overnight, Vienna went from an accused drug baron to a bible-thumper. As RadarOnline.com first reported last month Jake told an ex-girlfriend: “I believe that God wants me to go on the Bachelor to lead these women into Christianity."
Chase was allegedly running his drug ring the entire time he dated Vienna, but Chase's long-time friend Andrew Bachanov told RadarOnline.com exclusively, "he never told his girls about the drugs."
After Vienna was introduced to Chase on the University of Central Florida campus Andrew said, “she made all the moves on him.
Andrew said things developed quickly between the couple: "She would cook for him. She did all the wifey things for him."
In fact, after dating Chase for a month she spent her last night in Florida with him and cooked Chicken Marsala for Chase, Andrew and some other friends.
Andrew told RadarOnline.com that Vienna "walked around like a celebrity before becoming one." She wore Ed Hardy bikinis, sunglasses and caps. “She had an expensive bag she carried her dog around with,” he said.
Everyone knew she was going to be on The Bachelor, and Andrew says Chase dated her "because she was going to be famous."
But now Chase has achieved his own type of fame, or infamy.
He made headlines when he was one of 41 people arrested in the massive million dollar drug bust and gun raid.
Authorities investigated Alley and his charged co-conspirators for six months. They recorded cell phone conversations using a sophisticated tracking system that duplicated a phone dropping out, so that Alley and others were forced to repeat clearly what they just said. RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the legal documents that give a rare glimpse into the underworld of accused drug dealers, who are also college students.
This is the first time excerpts from the 724 page document are being published.
Chase was the connection to California pot grown under medical marijuana laws and in a conversation recorded on November 3, 2009 he said "they sell it in stores over there, but it's like Master Kush, like, the funk of the funk, like but if there's other stuff that you and I can look at, that I looked at last night that I was like, dude this looks like the Master Kush and your telling me it's $400.00, $300.00 cheaper."
Police say the operation was making $750,000 a week and on November 30, Chase talked about how he made more money than he knew what to do with it.
Here is an excerpt from a law enforcement document recording a conversation:
"Chase Alley: Yeah exactly, man, like I don't really care dude after you get over a certain amount of money per week it becomes meaningless.
Samuel Peterson: It becomes trivial at that point.
Chase Alley: Yeah, exactly, alright, alright man well I like the fact it is becoming trivial, I love it, I love that s**t it puts a smile on my face man.
Samuel Peterson: (unintelligible) life is a little bit easier that way.
Chase Alley: God, so easy man, the paycheck was nice the other night, um, I reinvested a bunch of s**t."
Chase didn't flaunt his money, and didn't lavish Vienna with gifts, but he did take many trips – while working as a valet parking attendant.
Chase, who has frat boy looks, juggled dating Vienna with the drug dealing and his studies, according to sources and law enforcement documents . On December 9, Chase said " Uhm, that's fine, uhm, trying to think here well just one meeting will be necessary tomorrow uhm, I will, uhh, probably just do tomorrow night I will try to shove it in I have finals this week."
Long before Chase was caught, he had a dream that was an omen, " Kind of worried, I don't know why, I just had this f***ing nightmare the other night, I don't know s**t just started getting haywire and f***ing our unit was infiltrated, but I think it was just a bad nightmare."
How wrong he was! Chase's nightmare has just begun. He is now in Seminole County Jail; being held on a half a million dollar bond. If convicted, the 23-year-old could be in prison until he reaches his forties!
In the end, both Vienna and Chase got celebrity status. But Vienna came out on top.