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Richmond Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Armed Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.  — Dewayne Thomas Farmer, 34, of Richmond, Kentucky, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in federal prison, by Chief United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of the drug distribution, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

During his guilty plea, Farmer admitted that, on June 27, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at his Richmond apartment.  During the search warrant, officers seized more than 220 grams of methamphetamine, which was in close proximity to two shotguns. 

Farmer confirmed that he had traded drugs for the shotguns located in his apartment, that he kept the shotguns for protection, and that he intended to sell the methamphetamine.  The value of the seized drugs exceeded $20,000.

Under federal law, Farmer must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for eight years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF; Christopher Evans, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA; and James Ebert, Chief of the Richmond Police Department jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF, DEA, and Richmond Police Department.  The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Roger W. West.

Updated December 20, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses