A Garfield County man has pleaded not guilty in 6th Circuit Court to felony and Class B drug charges. Brad Bowman, 80, was bound over to 6th District Court.

Circuit Judge David L. Mower noted that a decision by the Utah court administrator permits a circuit court judge to act as judge pro tem and hear a plea that would generally be entered in a district court.The defendant faces felony charges of production of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. A Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was also filed.

Bowman's arrest followed an investigation at his ranch and residential properties near Escalante, Garfield County, where law enforcement officers testified they found a 30-by-50-foot enclosure containing marijuana. Search of a shed revealed marijuana starts and drug paraphernalia, they said, adding that a variety of seeds and crushed marijuana were also found in the residence.

The July 27 search was conducted by the Garfield/Kane Counties Task Force under the direction of Kane County Sheriff Maxwell Jackson and former Garfield County Sheriff Robert Judd. They said they obtained a search warrant based on information reported by one or more informants.

Bowman's attorney, Marcus Taylor, said he will probably enter motions for interlocutory appeal and for suppression of evidence. He indicated he will also file a request for an evidentiary hearing. Officers refused to reveal identity of the informants, sought by Taylor, who questioned the validity of the warrant.

Mower set Jan. 3, 1991, as the date to hear motions.

Bowman previously posted a $50,000 property bond and was released from custody.