A 36-year-old Superior man was sentenced to six years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The charges follow Brian Kainu's guilty plea in June to possessing 50 grams or more of meth and intending to distribute it. U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson sentenced Kainu to six years in federal prison for the charges, according to a news release from Scott C. Blader, U.S. attorney for Wisconsin's Western District.

Law enforcement searched Kainu’s apartment in March and located around 443 grams of meth, a cell phone, a digital scale and drug paraphernalia. The meth has an estimated street value of $22,000.

When he was arrested, he told officers that he distributed around 1 pound of meth each week and had been distributing for three years.

Judge Peterson highlighted “the quantity of drugs Kainu possessed and distributed as being an aggravating factor” as he sentenced Kainu, the release read.

The Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Area Crime Unit, and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted an investigation that led to Kainu’s charges.