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Danville man sentenced to 12 years in prison in connection with fatal overdose

A Danville man has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars in connection with a fatal overdose that occurred in October of 2019, according to the Danville Police Department.

Authorities say 49-year-old Chauncey Lamont Montague has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to selling a fatal dose of heroin that contained fentanyl in March 2023.

Court documents reveal that on Oct. 23, 2019, an individual who has been identified as “A.R.,” was interested in purchasing $20 of heroin from Montague but was unable to get in touch with him by phone.

A.R. then began walking toward his home, and on the way there, she met up with a family member who agreed to go to Montague’s home to purchase the drugs for her.

Following the drug transaction, the family member brought the heroin to A.R. who proceeded to use the drugs. Not long after, she was found dead. Authorities later determined that she had died from a fentanyl overdose.

“While all illegal drugs are dangerous, and present a multitude of concerns for the community, the distribution and use of fentanyl presents extreme risks that can be fatal in a single use. Those engaged in the distribution of illegal drugs not only face criminal penalties, but can also be held criminally responsible for the overdose death of any person they sold drugs to,” The Danville Police Department said in a press release.

If you need help overcoming drug or substance use, addiction or have other needs such as counseling or mental health support, contact Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services at 434-793-4922.

Anyone who has information related to illegal drug distribution is asked to please contact the Danville Police Department by either calling patrol at 434-799-6510 option 4, investigations at 434-799-6508 option 1, and option 1 again, calling 911, contacting Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000, approach any officer you see, through social media, via email, or use our crime tips app CARE at

Source: WSLS News 10

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