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Fentanyl distribution leads to 12-year sentence for Lynchburg man

Lynchburg, Virginia – A Lynchburg man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for distributing nearly 75 grams of pressed fentanyl pills. Elijah Pollard, 25, previously pleaded guilty to possessing pressed fentanyl pills with the intent to distribute.

According to court documents, the Lynchburg Police Department conducted multiple controlled purchases of pressed fentanyl pills from Pollard. Following these transactions, a search warrant was executed at Pollard’s apartment in 2023. During the search, officers discovered approximately 75 grams of pressed fentanyl pills, digital scales, and cash. Additionally, a loaded AR-15 was found propped up against the wall outside Pollard’s bedroom door.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh and ATF Special Agent in Charge Craig Kailimai of the Washington Field Division announced the sentence.

The investigation was carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lynchburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Lee Brett prosecuted the case for the United States.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program that aims to reduce violent crime and gun violence. PSN brings together law enforcement and communities to create safer neighborhoods. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy that strengthens PSN based on key principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that prevent violence, setting focused enforcement priorities, and measuring results.

The collaborative efforts of local and federal agencies under PSN highlight the commitment to addressing and reducing the impact of illegal drugs and firearms on communities. Pollard’s significant prison sentence underscores the serious consequences of drug trafficking and gun-related offenses.

For more information on Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit the Department of Justice’s website.

Viola Higgins

I’m a mother of 2 little angels that I continuously try to figure out and spend the other half figuring out how to be a great wife. Writing is my passion and I write regularly for the Virginian Tribune and several other national news outlets.

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