A local defense attorney was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to selling meth.

William Curtis Bailey, 35, was arrested Feb. 9 after selling meth to a confidential informant. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal and agreed to serve eight years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews said she was thankful for the local officers who learned Bailey was participating in conduct that aided in harming those in the community.

"As a result of exceptional police work by the Conway Police Department, it was discovered that a local attorney was selling methamphetamine in Conway," she said. "Instead of helping people as he was sworn to do, Mr. Bailey was engaged in selling poison in our community."

Crews said Bailey’s sentence helps send a message to the community, letting residents know the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office works to protect Faulkner County, noting one’s occupation and/or background will not make them exempt from following the law.

"His sentence sends a message that we will continue to prosecute people who sell meth regardless of their occupation or stature in the community," she said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, CPD asked a confidential informant to attempt to buy meth from Bailey in February.

The informant asked Bailey to buy an "8-ball," or 3.5 grams of meth, but Bailey said he didn’t have that much, the report stated. However, Bailey reportedly agreed to meet the informant with about 1 gram of meth.

An undercover narcotics officer waited with the informant at the designated meeting place and witnessed the drug deal, according to the report.

A search of Bailey’s vehicle "revealed six unused syringes, which Bailey stated belonged to his diabetic wife," the report stated.

As part of his plea deal, Bailey pleaded guilty Thursday to delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a communication device and possession of meth.