A Conway man was sentenced to 45 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction Wednesday for selling drugs, 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said.

Darnell Charles Porter, 32, of 28 Sagewood Drive, was charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, all Class Y felonies.

Porter was arrested Sept. 10, 2009, after agents with the 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force arranged separate purchases of cocaine and ecstacy using a confidential informant, Vaden said. Porter sold to the confidential informant twice on July 16, 2009. Officers were able to arrange another purchase on Sept. 10, 2009, after which, Porter was arrested.

Porter has two previous felony convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, one felony conviction for aggravated assault and one felony conviction for theft of property. Porter’s girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with Porter at the time of his arrest, but did not participate in the drug transaction, was acquitted by the jury.

"I appreciate the fine work of the agents in this case and the jury’s verdict," Vaden said. "A career criminal is now where he belongs and for a long time."

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