Johns Island drug dealer gets 15 years behind bars

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Johns Island drug dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a two day trial in Charleston.

Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson announced on Tuesday that a Charleston County jury found 50-year-old Belvin Maurice Page of Johns Island guilty of distribution of cocaine base. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.

Page was prosecuted as a repeat offender, having been previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 2009. He had also been previously convicted of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree burglary, credit card theft, grand larceny and criminal domestic violence.

Charleston County Detective Matt Euper initiated the investigation based on their work with a confidential informant.

Wearing a wire and escorted by an undercover detective, the confidential informant purchased drugs from Page on Johns Island.

Page was later arrested during a search warrant of the same location in September 2010.

"The excellent work of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration helped to secure this conviction," said Assistant Solicitor Spencer Compton. "Our community is better with this individual off the streets."

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