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Lynchburg Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Distributing Pressed Fentanyl Pills

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

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Lynchburg, Virginia man, who distributed nearly 75 grams of pressed fentanyl pills, was sentenced last week to 12 Years in federal prison.

Elijah Pollard, 25, previously pled guilty to possessing pressed fentanyl pills with the intent to distribute.

According to court documents, after repeatedly making controlled purchases of pressed fentanyl pills from Pollard, the Lynchburg Police Department executed a search warrant at Pollard’s apartment in 2023 and discovered approximately 75 grams of pressed fentanyl pills, digital scales, and cash. In addition, police discovered a loaded AR-15 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 made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lynchburg Police Department  investigated the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee Brett prosecuted the case for the United States.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated July 8, 2024