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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Columbia County Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than 6 Years on Narcotics and Firearms Charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Kristofferson Farmer, Jr., 24, Lake City, to six years and eight months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute Alpha-PVP, a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Farmer had pleaded guilty on Oct. 4, 2023.

According to court documents, on Feb. 7, 2023, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Farmer’s residence. Found inside the residence was Alpha-PVP, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana. Additionally, three loaded firearms were found inside the residence, including a 45 caliber Glock pistol that had been reported stolen, a 9mm caliber Glock pistol and an AR-15 rifle. Farmer admitted to owning the firearms and narcotics and stated he made approximately $40,000 a month selling narcotics out of his residence. Farmer’s DNA was found on the AR-15 rifle.

Farmer was previously convicted (2018) for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm. As such, he is prohibited from producing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cannizzaro.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.


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