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Gainesville Man Charged with Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Overdose Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga.- Bobby Joe Holloman has been arraigned on federal charges for distributing fentanyl and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

“Holloman’s alleged fentanyl distribution led to two overdoses, resulting in the death of one victim,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Fentanyl is an extremely potent drug that too often leads to overdosing or death when used in even miniscule amounts. We are committed to prosecuting those who callously peddle this dangerous drug in our communities.”

“Holloman plagued our communities with fentanyl, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever seen, and for that he will be held accountable,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “This indictment demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to work diligently along with our partners to investigate and remove these dangerous drug dealers from our streets.”

“The dangers of fentanyl are more evident than ever as we see innocent lives being taken by this drug every day,” said Chris Hosey, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  “This case is a warning to those who seek to ruthlessly poison our Georgia communities with deadly drugs such as fentanyl, that we will stand with our law enforcement partners to combat this issue and save lives. We will continue to investigate drug related cases and work to hold drug distributors and traffickers accountable for their actions.”

“I am grateful for the hard work of our local, state, and federal partners who have worked tirelessly to help remove dangerous drugs like fentanyl from our community,” said Jay Parrish, Chief of Police, Gainesville Police Department. “This case exemplifies how these partnerships work to make our city safer.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges, and other information presented in court: Bobby Joe Holloman allegedly sold fentanyl, which resulted in two victims suffering an overdose. One victim survived after paramedics used Narcan to revive him; however, the other victim died. About a month later, Holloman was on the scene during the investigation of another overdose death when a gun was found that belonged to him. At that time, Holloman had been previously convicted in February 2021, of the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bobby Joe Holloman, 50, of Gainesville, Georgia, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller on May 13, 2024. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 7, 2024.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Gainesville Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Keen is prosecuting the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta recommends parents and children learn about the dangers of drugs at the following web site:

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated May 14, 2024

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