Man sentenced to 12 years in prison on drug charges

Man sentenced to 12 years in prison on drug charges
John Clifton Faust III

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man who pleaded guilty last week to trafficking drugs near a school in Georgetown County has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

According to a news release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, 34-year-old John Clifton Faust III, of Greenville, pleaded guilty on Dec. 13 to trafficking heroin four to 14 grams and distribution of drugs in close proximity of a school before the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Steven H. John.

Faust was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the trafficking charge and ten years for distribution near a school. The sentences will run concurrently. According to the release, Faust had faced up to 25 years for the trafficking charge, while ten years was the maximum sentence for the distribution charge.

In 2017, agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit used a confidential informant to purchase heroin from Faust at a home near McDonald Elementary School in Georgetown County, according to an arrest affidavit. During a traffic stop, agents then found heroin inside his vehicle, the release states.

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