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UPDATED: Federal raid targets massive medical marijuana grow site in Ruch

 Posted: 12:00 PM September 18, 2012

Updated 1 p.m.: Supporters of medical marijuana grower Jim Bowman are beginning to gather outside his operation in the 700 block of Upper Applegate Road, where DEA agents reportedly are raiding his extensive gardens.

Chelsea Hopkins of The Greenery, a medical marijuana resource center in Ashland, said Bowman has a good reputation in the medical marijuana community and is well-liked. She said she is concerned that what is happening to Bowman’s operation will have ramifications for medical marijuana growers throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said she had seen people driving in and out of Bowman’s High Hopes Farm day and night recently.

Updated 12:35 p.m. U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Jodie Underwood said search warrants have been served on several properties today but would not comment further on DEA operations reported in the Applegate this morning.

Addressing reporters in the 700 block of Upper Applegate Road, she did say DEA agents arrived midmorning and that Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff's Department officers were assisting in the searches.

12 p.m. U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents have raided a large medical marijuana operation in the Ruch area, the Oregonian reports.

A law enforcement source told the Oregonian that a federal investigation into marijuana manufacturing and distribution targeted James Bowman's High Hopes Farm at 9:30 a.m.

Authorities this morning raided multiple grow sites associated with Bowman's Jackson County marijuana operation, the paper reported.

Agents are shutting down Bowman's operation as Southern Oregon's marijuana harvest season approaches.

Lori Duckworth, a medical marijuana activist who lives in Josephine County and works at a medical marijuana resource center in Medford, said she was en route to Bowman's operation to protest the federal government's action. She told the Oregonian that she had heard Bowman's marijuana plants had not been removed yet and she planned to protest if federal agents seized "any of the patients' medicine."

— The Oregonian,

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