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Ex-exec’s son wants name of informant

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By Damon Lawrence

Tyler Farmer is demanding to know the identity of the confidential informant in his drug case.

His attorney, John McFarland, filed a motion “requiring the state to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant who provided information to the investigating officers and participated in controlled drug buys that is the basis of this indictment.”

Farmer, the son of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer, faces three counts of selling suboxone and oxycodone in a school zone. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last June.

McFarland asks for dismissal of the indictment if the informant isn’t identified.

“As grounds for requiring disclosure, the defendant avers confidential informant is a material witness in this case, was present during the alleged crimes and participated in the alleged drug transactions,” the motion said.

A hearing in Farmer’s drug case is scheduled for April 2.

This isn’t his first run-in with the law. Farmer, 24, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, simple possession and theft in 2009. According to the disorderly conduct warrant, Kingston police dispatched to an apartment complex on a noise complaint reported Farmer “exited the apartment and began to beat on the neighbor’s door,” the warrant said. “I told him to stop, and he fled back into the apartment. I chased him, and he locked the door before I got to him.”

The warrant said the officer shouted “open the door” several times.

“No one opened the door, so I forcibly entered the apartment,” the warrant said. “Tyler was placed under arrest, and at this time, I noticed a strong odor on his person associated with that of an alcoholic beverage.”

Farmer, according to the citation on the theft charge, “was observed attempting to remove a pair of sunglasses and body spray from the Rite-Aid without paying for it by store security officer Elizabeth Romaella.”

The simple possession charge stemmed from a traffic stop.

“While I was talking to Mr. Farmer, I did observe a small plastic baggie of green leafy substance in his shirt pocket,” the warrant said.

Mike Farmer began a four-year term as Roane County executive on Sept. 1, 2006. He ran for re-election in 2010, but was defeated by Ron Woody.