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Danville Man Who Sold Fatal Dose of Fentanyl Sentenced to 12 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. – A Danville man, who sold a fatal dose of fentanyl in October 2019, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Chauncey Lamont Montague, 49, pleaded guilty in March 2023 to distribution of fentanyl.  

According to court documents, on October 23, 2019, A.R., a regular user of opiates, wanted to purchase $20 of heroin from Montague. After being unable to reach Montague by phone, A.R. began walking towards Montague’s home.  During the walk, A.R. met up with a close family member who agreed to take her money the rest of the way to Montague’s home and purchase the drugs for her.

After making the drug transaction with Montague, the family member delivered the heroin to A.R. who then used the drugs and was found dead a short time later.  It was determined that she died from a fentanyl overdose.

The following morning, Danville Police executed a search warrant on Montague’s residence and an additional 8.2 grams of fentanyl was discovered in the pocket of a jacket in his bedroom.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh, Special Agent in Charge Craig B. Kailimai of the Washington Division of the Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Jared Forget made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Danville Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case.

Updated July 20, 2023