HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A Mountain Pine man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

Reports state that 30-year-old Prentice Jerel Daniels, aka “PJ” of Mountain Pine, was sentenced on Friday to 84 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.

According to court records, on two separate occasions in July of 2015, members of the 18th Judicial East Drug Task Force conducted a controlled purchase of one ounce of methamphetamine from Daniels, recording the transactions each time.

Daniels was a known distributor of methamphetamine in the Mountain Pine area. On August 6, 2015, officers executed a state search warrant on Daniel’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamine and over $12,000 in cash.

The drugs seized were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where they tested positive to be 663 grams of methamphetamine.

Daniels was named in a federal indictment in September, 2015 and pleaded guilty in August, 2016.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.