Former State Patrol member sentenced

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CANTON, Ga. – A former Georgia State Patrol trooper has been sentenced in Cherokee County after pleading guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and narcotics possession.

County officials said Friday that 37-year-old Trent David McWhirter of Canton was arrested in February with methamphetamine, ecstasy and other drugs in his possession. He was on probation at the time for a prior arrest in 2004.

McWhirter was sentenced to 30 years in prison, suspended after 12 years, and was fined $200,000.

The State Patrol says McWhirter was a state trooper for 10 years.

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