A Greenville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Dec. 13 after pleading guilty to selling drugs near a school in Georgetown County.

John Clifton Faust III, 34, pleaded guilty in Georgetown County Court to trafficking heroin — between 4 and 14 grams — and distribution of drugs near a school. The plea is in connection to two separate incidents from 2017, court records show.

In October 2017, Faust was arrested after he was stopped by agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit while he was riding a dirt bike in Georgetown. Agents said he was carrying several ounces of heroin, over 10 grams of crack, more than 16 grams of cocaine as well as marijuana and Molly, a drug similar to ecstasy.

Officials said he was stopped because he was wanted by the state's Probation, Parole and Pardon Service. 

The second incident happened two months later when DEU agents used an informant to purchase heroin from Faust at a home near McDonald Elementary School just outside of Georgetown, according to an arrest affidavit. Then during a traffic stop, agents found heroin inside his vehicle.

Circuit Court Judge Steven H. John sentenced Faust to 12 years for the trafficking charge and the maximum of 10 years for distributing near a school. The trafficking charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

The sentences will run concurrently. Assistant Solicitor Keith Powell prosecuted the case.

Arrests made in burglaries

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office said arrests have been made in connection with a series of thefts reported in the Belle Isle, Winyah and Pennyroyal/Montford communities.

Casey E. Johnson, 50, of Georgetown is charged with multiple counts of larceny and one count of assault and battery. Randy Lawrence Williams, 66, also of Georgetown, is charged with possession of stolen merchandise. Deputies recovered property reported stolen at his residence, according to a report.

Both men were arrested Dec. 12, and as of Wednesday were still being held at the Georgetown County jail. Johnson's has a bond of $100,000.