Beaufort News

Bluffton man gets 25 years on drug-dealing charges

A Bluffton drug man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after a two-day trial on charges of dealing illegal drugs, according to a news release from the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Matthew Frazier, 29, of Goethe Road was convicted of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana after a series of drug buys by an informant working for the Beaufort/Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force last fall, the release said.

Frazier sold drugs out of a red Dodge Intrepid near Bluffton's Oscar Frazier Park, the release said. Along with drugs, investigators found a stolen handgun and more than $11,000 cash in his car.

"This is a huge win for everybody -- for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and for the Bluffton Police Department," Cpl. James Carmany of the Bluffton Police Department said in the release.

"The evidence amassed against Mr. Frazier by the drug task force, following a lengthy and meticulous investigation, painted a clear picture for the jury," said assistant solicitor Bill Shipley, who prosecuted the case.