Former GOP Chairman Pleads Guilty

A former chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has pled guilty to Trafficking Cannabis. 53-year-old John Ellis was in Cherokee County Circuit Court on Monday, where he pled guilty to that charge in the courtroom of Judge Randall Cole. In September of last year, Ellis was indicted by a grand jury on the charges of Trafficking Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree. He was first arrested on July 11th of that year, during a drug eradication sweep, conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. According to a copy of a plea agreement, obtained from the Cherokee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office, charges of the Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree as well as the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were dismissed. The paperwork also indicated that a $25,000 fine would be assessed, and it must be paid by November 23rd. Ellis will return to court for sentencing in November. He has applied for probation.


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