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Man accused of trafficking

NORCROSS -- A Scottsdale man found himself in the hands of Gwinnett authorities after police said they caught him selling drugs out of a Norcross hotel recently.

Tracy Ross, 35, is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of oxycodone and giving a false name, records show. He was also wanted for an outstanding probation violation warrant, police said.

According to reports, tipsters led Gwinnett County Police Department Crime Suppression Unit officers to the Red Roof Inn on Brookhollow Parkway just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

After observing some "irregular activities," police said, officers approached a man who identified himself as Julian Pierce but was unable to prove who he was.

After some investigation, officers determined Ross' true identity and, though he reportedly said he was dropped off at the hotel by a taxi, linked him to a maroon 2000 Buick Regal in the parking lot, police said.

Inside the car, according to reports, police found 30 grams of crack cocaine and a set of digital scales. A search subsequent to Ross' arrest turned up 143 Oxycodone pills on his person.

Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly said oxycodone is a prescription pain killer that is widely abused.

"It was all the rage a few years ago," Kelly said. "Its popularity has waned a bit, but it continues to be a widely abused drug."

Ross is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.