The Northern Westchester Examiner

Peekskill Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

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A Peekskill man was sentenced this week in federal court to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in the city between 2013 and 2017.

Edward Holliman, 63, pled guilty on April 24 before U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel, who imposed a sentence of 135 months behind bars.

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

“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,” said Peekskill Police Chief Donald Halmy. “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. 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.

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

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