Gainesville Man Faces Federal Charges for Fentanyl Distribution and Firearm Possession

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Bobby Joe Holloman

Bobby Joe Holloman, 50, of Gainesville, Georgia, faced federal charges for distributing fentanyl and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.

The allegations against Holloman included distributing fentanyl, leading to two overdoses, one of which resulted in a fatality, according to Buchanan. “Fentanyl is an extremely potent drug that too often leads to overdosing or death when used in even miniscule amounts,” he remarked.

Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, emphasized the severity of Holloman’s actions in contributing to the ongoing drug epidemic. “Holloman plagued our communities with fentanyl, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever seen, and for that he will be held accountable,” Farley stated.

Chris Hosey, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, echoed similar sentiments, noting the dangers of fentanyl and the commitment to combat its distribution. “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,” Hosey said.

Jay Parrish, Chief of Police for the Gainesville Police Department, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies. “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,” Parrish commented.

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, Holloman allegedly sold fentanyl, resulting in two victims suffering an overdose. One victim survived after paramedics administered Narcan, while the other victim tragically died. Additionally, Holloman was found in possession of a firearm during the investigation of another overdose death, having been previously convicted of similar offenses in 2021.

Holloman was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller on May 13, 2024, following an indictment by a federal grand jury on May 7, 2024.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Gainesville Police Department. Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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

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