Lawrenceville man arrested on 29 drug charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police say a simple misplaced medication led them to the Lawrenceville home of a hospice patient this week, where they discovered his brother was keeping a massive stockpile of marijuana, prescription pills and firearms.

Gwinnett County police officers responded Monday to the home of 58-year-old Robert Booth Wait after his brother's hospice nurse called to report the possible theft of medicine that had been scheduled to be delivered there. Wait's brother later found the prescription on his own, but what police allegedly discovered during their own search of the Paden Drive home has Wait himself facing 29 separate criminal charges.

During their search, police reportedly discovered approximately 1.35 ounces of marijuana in the master bedroom of the home, as well as a bevy of "pill bottles (that) had labels ripped off and some were in other individuals' names," according to the report.

Arrest warrants list 22 different drugs allegedly found in Waits' bedroom, ranging from painkillers and antidepressants to thyroid, anti-seizure and erectile dysfunction pills.

Lying nearby it all, police say, were a handgun and 12-gauge shotgun.

Wait was arrested and charged with 14 counts of misdemeanor drug possession, 12 counts of felony drug possession, two felony counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and one felony count of marijuana possession.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Wednesday it was unclear how Wait may have obtained the drugs in question.

Wait's brother, according to police reports, was taken out of the home and placed in inpatient care.