|On December 18, 2016 at approximately 1:00 AM, a Kingsport Police Officer encountered an individual, later identified as Robert L. Farmer, staggering along the ramp between West Stone Drive and Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. The officer stopped to check on him and learned in conversation that he had just left the Hog Wild Saloon, located in close proximity to this intersection. The officer noticed that Mr. Farmer appeared extremely nervous, his pupils were constricted, and he appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic.
A warrant check revealed that Mr. Farmer, also known by the moniker “Superman,” was currently wanted on an outstanding Sullivan County arrest warrant for Violation of Probation, which led to his immediate arrest. During a routine search of his person incident to arrest, the officer located two syringes, one in his pocket and one in his briefs, the latter of which was already loaded and ready for delivery of a Subutex solution by a non-prescribed method.
He was also found to be in possession of multiple plastic baggies, several of which contained a crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. Furthermore, he possessed multiple bundles of cash that totaled nearly $10,000. Mr. Farmer was unable to explain the exorbitant amount of cash. By his own admission, he was only employed on a part time basis working small jobs for an unnamed swimming pool company.
In addition to the pre-existing charge of Violation of Probation, Mr. Farmer was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) for Resale and Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. The cash was seized as suspected proceeds from recent drug transactions, while the drugs were also seized and will be sent to the T.B.I. Crime Lab for analysis.
Mr. Farmer was transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing and later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement. He currently remains incarcerated in lieu of a $1,500 bond as set by the presiding judge or magistrate.