Zephyrhills Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Methamphetamine Trafficking
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced George Arthur Farmer (46, Zephyrhills) to 25 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. As part of the sentence, the court also ordered Farmer to pay restitution to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) in the amount of $3,183.89, for damages he caused to a deputy's motorcycle during the traffic stop leading to his arrest on the drug charge.
Farmer was found guilty by a jury on August 8, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on February 1, 2012, Farmer was arrested by a HCSO motorcycle deputy after Farmer deliberately rammed his red Honda CBR 1000 Motorcycle into the deputy and tried to elude arrest. The deputy had originally attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Farmer, after it was determined that the plates on the motorcycle that Farmer was riding were expired and registered to a motorcycle that had been reported stolen in Pasco County. Further investigation revealed that Farmer's driver's license was suspended and that the red Honda motorcycle which he was driving had an altered 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.
According to court documents, Farmer has at least three prior felony drug convictions for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine. He also has prior convictions in Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, and Sumter counties 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.