Zephyrhills Man Found Guilty Of Methamphetamine Trafficking
Tampa, Florida - yesterday a federal jury found George Arthur Farmer (46, Zephyrhills) guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Farmer faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 7, 2012.
Farmer was indicted on February 16, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on February 1, 2012, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Farmer when it was determined that the license plates on the motorcycle that Farmer was riding were expired and registered to a motorcycle that was reported stolen. Farmer attempted to elude arrest by deliberately ramming his motorcycle into the deputy, but was arrested after being wrestled to the ground. Further investigation revealed that Farmer's driver's license had been suspended and that the red Honda motorcycle which he was driving had an altered Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and had been stolen out of Miami, in October of 2011. In the seat compartment of the motorcycle, the deputy found over 60 grams of methamphetamine, along with Farmer's cellular telephone.
According to court documents, Farmer has at least three prior felony drug convictions for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine. State records also show that Farmer has prior convictions for aggravated assault and battery upon law enforcement officers, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing and attempting to elude arrest, grand theft, carrying a concealed firearm and driving while his license was suspended.
This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathy Peluso.