DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A man arrested for trafficking methamphetamine in Walton County has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to a press release from Walton County Sheriff's Office.

A confidential source relayed information to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 2, saying that 40-year-old Joshua Ray Fountain of Panama City was traveling toward Okaloosa County to pick up methamphetamine and was returning to Panama City.

Fountain was already serving five years of federally supervised release following a 12-year stint in prison on meth charges, the press release said.

That afternoon, DEA agents notified the Sheriff's Office that they were following Fountain toward Freeport on State Road 20. After deputies pulled over Fountain's vehicle, a K9 alerted them to the driver's side door. More than 25 grams of meth and a digital scale were found in a small, black nylon case in the door's map pocket

In the arrest report, a deputy noticed Fountain appeared to be "very nervous."

"Fountain was breathing heavily, appeared distracted and had trouble following instructions," the report said.

Residue on the digital scale later tested positive for methamphetamine. More drug paraphernalia was found in the center console of the vehicle as well as 38 grams of meth and a glass pipe.

Fountain was sentenced Nov. 7 to serve 144 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of meth and admitting to violating terms of his federally supervised release.