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Two men were sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

Duane Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced in a press release that Patrick Taylor, 32, of Texarkana, Ark., and Bruce Witherspoon, 34, of Washington, Ark., were sentenced.

Taylor was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison, which will be followed by four years of supervised release.

Witherspoon was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised released.

According to court records, investigators in Hempstead County coordinated controlled drug purchases from Taylor and Witherspoon between March and July of 2017. Investigators recovered 47 grams of methamphetamine from Taylor and 10 grams from Witherspoon.

Both Taylor and Witherspoon were indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2018. Taylor entered a guilty plea in August 2018, and Witherspoon entered a guilty plea in October 2018.

The cases were investigated by the South Central Drug Task Force, the FBI and the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department. Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case and Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearings.

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