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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 17, 2018

Peekskill Narcotics Trafficker Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court To 135 Months In Prison

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Donald Halmy, the Chief of the Peekskill Police Department, announced that EDWARD HOLLIMAN was sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Peekskill, New York, between 2013 and 2017.  Holliman pled guilty on April 24, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel, who imposed today’s sentence.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Edward Holliman used a housing project in Peekskill as his personal market, peddling his drugs with no regard to their addictive destruction.  Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the FBI and the Peekskill Police Department, Holliman’s marketplace is closed for good.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “The malignant creep of illegal drugs and violence into the once peaceful suburbs is a major focus of our FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force.  Our goal is to build strong and lasting partnerships with local law enforcement agencies like Peekskill Police to be a force multiplier, stopping the dealers and pushers from further infecting the community.”

Peekskill Police Chief Donald Halmy said:  “Edward Holliman has been a persistent threat to the public safety of Peekskill residents and a major distributor of crack cocaine in Bohlmann Towers for the past 15 years.  His arrest and successful prosecution will surely serve to improve the quality of life of residents of the building.  I’d like to praise the City of Peekskill detective division, FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Office of the United States Attorney for their tireless efforts in this investigation.”

According court filings and statements made at public court proceedings:

Over the course of many years, HOLLIMAN supplied and distributed crack cocaine in and around Bohlmann Towers, a large housing project in Peekskill, New York.  To facilitate his narcotics distribution business, HOLLIMAN had several “workers,” co-conspirators whom Holliman managed and supervised, and who distributed crack cocaine that HOLLIMAN supplied to them to users.  HOLLIMAN used his mother’s apartment in Bohlmann Towers to store crack cocaine.  During the execution of a search warrant at that apartment on the day of HOLLIMAN’s arrest in October 2017, law enforcement recovered more than 50 grams of cocaine belonging to HOLLIMAN.  Between 2013 and 2017, HOLLIMAN sold and distributed between 2.8 and 8.4 kilograms of crack cocaine as part of the charged conspiracy.

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In addition to the prison term, HOLLIMAN, 63, of Peekskill, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay forfeiture in the amount of $30,000.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Peekskill Police Department. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Olga I. Zverovich is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
18-317
Updated September 17, 2018