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Buffalo man indicted for drug-related death of toddler

In a significant development, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that 23-year-old Javonte Holloway from Buffalo, NY, faces federal charges for the distribution of controlled substances causing death, and trafficking in counterfeit drugs resulting in death. These grave charges could lead to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, potentially extending to life imprisonment.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti revealed that the indictment accuses Holloway of distributing fentanyl on December 2, 2022, directly leading to the tragic death of a toddler. Furthermore, Holloway allegedly dealt counterfeit M-30 oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, adding to the severity of the charges.

This indictment follows a thorough investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara County Drug Task Force, and Lockport Police Department. It’s important to note that an indictment is merely an accusation, and Holloway remains presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.



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