Greenville Brothers Convicted of Cocaine Trafficking in Franklin County
Two Greenville, SC brothers face at least ten years each in a Georgia state prison after being convicted of possession and trafficking in cocaine.
According to Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White, a Franklin County Superior Court jury handed down their verdict Wednesday afternoon.
“Michael Cheek and Thomas Cheek, two brothers from Greenville, SC were found guilty of trafficking and possession of five ounces of cocaine as well as possession of firearms,” White said late Wednesday.
Thomas Cheek, White said, was also found guilty of criminal attempt to possess MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy.
According to White, both brothers face a mandatory minimum sentence in Georgia of 10 years in prison.
However, White said Thomas Cheek already has three prior felony convictions in South Carolina, which means he will serve his sentence in Georgia without the possibility of parole.
White says Superior Court Judge John Bailey will hand down their sentences in the coming weeks.
The Cheek brothers were arrested last August 13th by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies during a routine traffic stop as they traveled from Atlanta to Greenville.
Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies Brian Stovall and Chris Buffington testified at the Cheeks’ trial this week that they found the Cheek brothers to be in possession of the cocaine as well as firearms.
Both Michael and Thomas Cheek remain in the Franklin County Detention Center awaiting sentencing.