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Sex offender, parents arrested in Lawrenceville pot bust

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A tip about a registered sex offender having a gun led to the discovery of $10,000 worth of marijuana and the arrest of the man and his 60-year-old parents at their Lawrenceville home, officials said.

Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant Thursday on the Clemson Lane home of 31-year-old John Cepada Ross after they learned that Ross, convicted of child molestation in 2002, "was in possession of a firearm and had pointed the weapon in the direction of his neighbor following a disagreement," spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

Upon arrival, Bourbonnais said, they found seven flourishing marijuana plants growing "in plain view" outside the home.

Inside, officials reportedly found four ounces of pot packaged in plastic bags, as well as $27,000 cash. Plants included, a total of more than six pounds of marijuana -- an estimated street value of about $10,000 -- was seized.

Ross was arrested and charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Bourbonnais said. He is being held at Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

His parents -- Judith Gail and John A. Ross, both 60 -- were also charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and were released on $11,200 bond.