When Leo Lomm Ross and Jessica Renae Ross were arrested Dec. 17, 2012, the discovery of marijuana plants found growing at their residence was reportedly the largest grow discovered by law enforcement in Jones County’s history.
Leo Ross was sentenced March 6 to 10 years’ probation by Superior Court Judge James Cline. Ross’ fine was doubled to $4,000, and the charge against his wife Jessica was nol prossed, a legal term for dismissed, as part of plea negotiations with the state.
The defendant also agreed that all money seized in the 2012 arrest would be forfeited. Ross was allowed to plea as a first offender, which means if he follows the terms of his probation until its completion, the felony charge will be erased from his criminal history.
According to a story in the Jones County News about their arrests, a search warrant was served on the Ross residence on Ed Ethridge Road at 10 a.m., Dec. 17, 2012, and officers spent the entire day removing the illegal plants and related items.
Sheriff Butch Reece said officers went to the front and back of the home when serving the warrant and a woman, later identified as Jessica Ross, was observed running with what looked like marijuana buds.
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