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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Bruce D. Brandler
, United States Attorney
Contact: PIO: Dawn Mayko

Harrisburg Man Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg indicted Kevin Dwight Holland, age 23, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 2016, on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Holland possessed with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of or in relation to drug trafficking. Additionally, Holland was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation was conducted by the Susquehanna Township Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph J. Terz.

This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

The maximum penalties under federal law include 40 years for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams and more of crack cocaine, 10 years' imprisonment for a felon in possession of a firearm, and life for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Field Division: Philadelphia Field Division