Mistaken identity with brother gets drug charges dismissed against Oxford man; brother sentenced to prison instead

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, July 7, 2016

A trafficking drug charge has been dropped against Oxford resident Freddie Holmes, of 222 Salem Road.

According to court records, Holmes was charged last year for trafficking Lortab, a narcotic pain reliever.

It was later revealed that it was his brother, Frederick Holmes, also of Oxford, who was eventually indicted for the sale of a controlled substance in June and sentenced to six years in prison.

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On June 23, the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge against Freddie Holmes.

Holmes said it took them two years to realize it was a case of mistaken identity and that the arrest caused him to lose his job and pay expensive attorney fees.