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  • Suspect involved in pot bust appears in court

  • One of four people arrested last weekend during the seizure of a potentially multimillion-dollar marijuana-growing operation near Applegate Lake made a brief appearance Monday in federal court in Medford.
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  • One of four people arrested last weekend during the seizure of a potentially multimillion-dollar marijuana-growing operation near Applegate Lake made a brief appearance Monday in federal court in Medford.
    Jose Guadalupe Gomez-Gonzalez appeared Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court on one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
    Magistrate Judge Mark Clark set an Aug. 27 preliminary hearing for Gomez-Gonzalez. No bail was set during the hearing, and Gomez-Gonzalez remained in federal custody.
    Further details, including Gomez-Gonzalez's age and address, were not available Monday from federal officials.
    Gomez-Gonzalez is accused of being part of a ring that was growing thousands of marijuana plants in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands west of Applegate Lake in southwestern Jackson County.
    Jackson County sheriff's deputies joined a 100-person multi-agency team that pulled 32,176 marijuana plants, all 3- to 5-feet tall, from six remote gardens during a raid Friday, deputies said.
    With each plant's potential to grow a pound of marijuana with a possible wholesale value of $3,500, the haul could have been worth as much as $112 million if not seized.
    Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters confirmed that four people were taken into custody in connection with the raid, but he declined to offer any other details because it was a federal case.
    Information on the other three people arrested was not available Monday from U.S. attorneys.
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