Ocala National Forest Methamphetamine Manufacturers Sentenced
Ocala, FL - U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges sentenced three individuals yesterday on methamphetamine charges. Brian James Farmer (36, Umatilla) was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for conspiracy and for manufacturing methamphetamine. Jacqueline Frances Jones (29, Lady Lake) and Jesse James Burch (23, Altoona) were each sentenced to five years and ten months in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They each previously pled guilty to the charges.
According to court documents, on November 9, 2011, a special agent and a law enforcement officer from the United States Forest Service were patrolling areas of the Ocala National Forest and discovered that methamphetamine manufacturing activities appeared to be taking place at Farmer’s residence. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office joined in the investigation and a search warrant was obtained. During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement officers discovered a container with liquid methamphetamine that was still in the manufacturing process, and another bottle which had ruptured.
A subsequent investigation showed that the individuals had made numerous purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, which are ingredients that can be used to make methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the United States Forest Service and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Armstrong.