Two Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy in Lee County, Virginia

Desiree Haros
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Lee County, VA- Two out-of-state men have been sentenced for their involvement in a heroin trafficking conspiracy in Lee County, Virginia. David Edward Farmer, 57, from Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, and Robert Lee Jenkins, 26, from Detroit, Michigan, were convicted for conspiring with others to distribute and possess heroin.

- David Edward Farmer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin, as well as one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Farmer was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

- Robert Lee Jenkins, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin. He received a sentence of 12 months and one day in prison.

According to court documents, the conspiracy began in September 2021, involving Jenkins, Farmer, and other individuals such as John Joel Foster, Ray Anthony McSwain, Garrett Lee Teffeteller, Darin Thomas, and Robert Warr. Their illicit activities centered around selling heroin in and around Lee County, Virginia.

During the course of the conspiracy, Farmer was identified as a key figure involved in selling heroin to co-conspirator Darin Thomas and others. Some of the heroin distributed by Farmer was subsequently resold. Farmer was also known for trading heroin in exchange for firearms.

Jenkins played a significant role by driving his co-conspirator and half-brother, Robert Warr, around the Knoxville, Tennessee area to distribute heroin to other members of the conspiracy. While Warr handled most of the drug supply, Jenkins was fully aware that his actions facilitated the trafficking of heroin. Jenkins also managed money from drug transactions and, at one point, rented a hotel room for Warr and other co-conspirators to conduct their heroin sales.

Robert Warr, another co-conspirator, has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing later this year.


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