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Former Alabama basketball star arrested in human trafficking operation

Farmer was arrested during an undercover operation in Tennessee on October 24-25.
Farmer was arrested during an undercover operation in Tennessee on October 24-25.(Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Updated: Oct. 29, 2019 at 10:15 PM CDT
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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WAFF) - A former University of Alabama basketball star is facing a human trafficking charge.

James “Jim” Farmer was arrested in Tennessee during a two day sting last week.

He was one of 16 men arrested according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Farmer was charged with trafficking a person for a commercial sex act. The TBI states the men were arrested following an undercover operation beginning Thursday, October 24. Fake advertisements were placed by authorities on websites believed to be associated with facilitating commercial sex. The TBI states the goal of the operation “was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors.”

Farmer played for Alabama in the late 1980s before being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. Farmer retired from basketball in the late 1990s and was reportedly living in Nashville.

The following men were also arrested in the undercover operation:

  • Deadrick Darrell Evans, DOB 1-16-90, Murfreesboro
  • Miguel Erazo, DOB 9-24-76, Antioch
  • Luis Miguel Garcia-Alvarez, DOB 6-12-85, La Vergne
  • Paul Florez-Vazquez, DOB 3-25-89, Nashville
  • Jose Guadalupe Zarate-Flores, DOB 12-1-79, Smyrna
  • Taylor Moore, DOB 4-4-96, Rombauer, MO
  • Tony Maddox, DOB 12-9-80, Cowan, TN
  • Gameel Mesad, DOB 1-13-64, La Vergne
  • John Thomas Sulkowski, DOB 1-9-95, Murfreesboro
  • Juan Manuel Tovar, DOB 7-11-72, Antioch
  • Harry Garcia, DOB 10-22-75, Murfreesboro
  • Michael Romero, DOB 5-21-88, Prospect
  • Lian Sian Thang, DOB 7-15-87, Smyrna
  • Manasranjan Murlidhar Rana, DOB 11-21-87, Nashville
  • Diego Mancilla Martinez, DOB 11-13-72, La Vergne

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