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Ashland medical marijuana grower cited for illegal sales

An Ashland medical marijuana grower has been cited for unlawful possession and delivery after a search of his home by area drug enforcement investigators seized 35 mature plants and 5 pounds of marijuana.

Detectives with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Clay Street in Ashland Thursday after an investigation into the illegal sales of medical marijuana at the address. Resident Craig Gorson, 63, who was home at the time, was cited with unlawful manufacturing, delivery and possession of marijuana.

According to a press release from MADGE, Gorson's teenage daughter is suspected to be involved in the illegal sales with her father.

The case has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Juvenile Department and DHS Child Welfare for review.

MADGE also cited medical marijuana growers in Rogue River and Phoenix this week for unlawful manufacturing and possession of marijuana.

Raymond Abernathy, 24, of the 7200 block of Rogue River Highway, was cited and released Wednesday for growing more plants than he was allowed in a location that he was not registered to grow at, officials said.

Jesse David Bianchi, 29, of the 400 block of Elm Street, Phoenix, was cited and released Monday after an investigation by the Phoenix police department found Bianchi was growing more plants than he was allowed.

MADGE detectives also seized 2 ounces of methamphetamine from a Medford home Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. According to a press release, MADGE has identified suspects and expects to make arrests in the near future.

— Andrew Eckerson