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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Friday, February 8, 2013

California Man To Federal Prison For Transporting Nearly 250 Pounds Of Marijuana In Welder Units

A California man who was arrested for transporting nearly 250 pounds of marijuana concealed in welder units in the back of his truck was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison.

David Wayne Holleman, age 54, from Valley Village, California, received the prison term after a September 25, 2012 guilty plea to possessing with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Holleman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Holleman was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a four-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Holleman is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and investigated by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; and the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR12-0040-1-LRR.

Updated February 19, 2015