8 arrested in Tolman Creek Road bust

Eight men were arrested Thursday after marijuana, hashish, psilocybin mushrooms, firearms, cash and drug manufacturing equipment were found at a Tolman Creek Road house.

A search warrant executed on Thursday by Ashland police and the Jackson County Sheriff's office yielded two pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, more than three pounds of processed marijuana, a small amount of hashish, two firearms and more than $1,000 in cash. Police seized 66 marijuana plants in addition to multiple digital scales, packaging materials, drug ledgers, price sheets and other manufacturing tools found throughout the residence.

The approximate value of the marijuana and mushrooms is $13,000, police estimated.

The operation began on Tuesday after a juvenile male was arrested for selling marijuana in the Plaza. More than an ounce of marijuana was seized from the juvenile, who was taken into custody after the sale of marijuana was made to an agent working with law enforcement.

"An informant did a buy for JACNET in the Plaza," APD Sgt. Jim Alderman said. "We followed the person that sold the marijuana back to the house."

Surveillance and further investigation identified the source of marijuana as a home at 975 Tolman Creek Road. The residence is listed as a grow site for Oregon medical marijuana, according to Alderman. Under Oregon law each grow site may only contain 24 plants.

"They were way over what they are allowed to have, plus they were selling it. They are in lots of trouble," Alderman said.

According to Alderman, the psilocybin mushrooms were bagged and ready for distribution. The psilocybin spores can be obtained legally, but when grown into the mushrooms, usually in manure, they are illegal, he said.

Seven men were arrested at the scene, including Alexander Duffy, 23, Michael Hardison, 32, Jonah Shore, 27, Christopher Callahan, 26, Torin Eggers, 25, Mark Hilson, 30, and Robert Hoeksema, 34. The suspects at the scene were charged with frequenting a place where controlled substances are used or sold, unlawful possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana and psilocybin within 1,000 feet of a school.

The eighth man arrested was not at the scene when the warrant was served. James Fulwiler, 62, returned to the house later and was arrested and charged with numerous drug charges as well as failure to register as a predatory sex offender.

"It's been a house of concern to us for a while now" said Alderman.

If convicted, the suspects could face up to 20 years in prison and $375,000 in fines, according to the Ashland Police Department.

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