A Tahlequah man received a sentence of eight years' imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The charges against Bruce Aaron Bardesis, 53, arose from a joint investigation that was conducted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"Rural and metropolitan areas alike continue to feel the negative effects that methamphetamine has not only on the user, but also children, families, schools and even the work force," said U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester. "Dealers profit while society picks up the pieces. We must continue to be diligent, stop the drug dealers, and send the message that the unlawful distribution of drugs will not be tolerated."

District Judge Ronald A. White, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Epperley prosecuted the case.

The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.