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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

May 4, 2012

Federal Firearm and Drug Charges Net 70 Months in Prison for Providence Man

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Joshua Holewka, 22, of Providence, arrested by Providence Police in June 2011 when a search of his residence resulted in the seizure of more than 570 grams of marijuana, cash and a loaded firearm, has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also sentenced Holewka to serve 5 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. On February 3, 2012, Holewka pleaded guilty to one count each of possession with the intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to information presented to the court, on June 24, 2011, members of the Providence Police Department executed a search warrant at Holewka’s residence. The search resulted in the discovery and seizure of approximately 574 grams of marijuana packaged in 30 separate bags, $1247 in cash and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and ammunition.

Holewka admitted to police and to the court that he possessed both the marijuana and the firearm.  Holewka also acknowledged that he had been distributing marijuana for about two months and had purchased the firearm “on the street” approximately two weeks before his arrest.

Holewka was convicted for drug trafficking in Massachusetts in 2009 and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than one year. He has been detained since his arrest by Providence Police.

The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch. The matter was investigated by Providence Police with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.




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