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LAVONIA, Ga. —A Martin man is now behind bars charged with possession of methamphetamine after returning to the local bank where, authorities say, he dropped the drugs.

Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle made the arrest Wednesday afternoon and it didn’t take a lot of detective work to find a suspect in the case.

According to Carlisle, Jeffery Wayne Cheek, 30 of Martin stopped in at the Pinnacle Bank on SR17 in Lavonia last week to speak with a banker about his account.

Jeffrey Wayne Cheek

Jeffrey Wayne Cheek


Carlisle said Cheek left the bank and later discovered he had made an unintended deposit.

“He actually went into the bank where he dropped the meth out of his pocket inside one of the bank officers’ office,” Carlisle said.

“He actually came back to the bank twice saying he was looking for an object he had lost,” Carlisle said. “And he was recorded on the bank’s video.”

He was on video and was also told by the banker that she no longer had his object, but it had been given it to the police.

“After Mr. Cheek realized he wasn’t able to retrieve it and learned the police had his meth, he decided to go on the run,” Carlisle said.

Carlisle said he issued warrants for Cheek’s arrest and then Wednesday, Cheek apparently thought it would be OK to call the bank and get some information about his account.

“The bank personnel was able to retrieve the number he was calling from and give it to the police department,” Carlisle said. “We traced the number to an apartment complex here in Lavonia.”

The bank has caller ID.

Officers were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to that apartment complex, where they found Cheek and arrested him on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

He was still in the Franklin County Detention Center on Wednesday.



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