Newport drug trafficker gets prison time

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A Newport drug trafficker pleaded guilty to felony charges last week.

Joseph Farmer, 33, was sentenced to between five years 10 months and seven years nine months in prison.  

Farmer was arrested when police served an arrest warrant for two other people staying at a hotel room while Farmer was also there.

Officers found several plastic bags, a set of scales, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in the room. In addition, police found more than $ 1100 in cash, a 20-gauge shotgun (that had previously been reported stolen), and trafficking quantities of heroin, heroin laced with fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

Farmer pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, trafficking in opium, possession of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam and clonazepan, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and fentanyl.

The judge also ordered Farmer to pay a $50,000 fine and recommended he receive drug treatment while in prison. 

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