Man gets 140 months for armed fentanyl trafficking

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)A 22-year-old Lexington man was sentenced Monday in federal court  to 140 months in prison, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, for possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession of a firearm.

According to his plea agreement, Tyzon Zavonne Edwards admitted he was in a car that fled during a traffic stop on Oct. 1, 2019, giving him time to get out of the car and run. Officers had identified Edwards, who had a warrant out for his arrest, as a passenger.

Edwards admitted that while running from police, he hid a bag containing 91.5 grams of fentanyl and a loaded .40 caliber pistol, in a recycling bin.

Edwards pleaded guilty in May 2020.

“Armed drug traffickers like Tyzon Edwards present a real danger to the community, especially when they flee from the police while in possession of more than 90 grams of deadly fentanyl and a loaded pistol,” said Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “In coordination with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we will continue to prosecute cases like this, in our efforts to reduce violent crime and hold dangerous offenders accountable for their conduct.”

Edwards was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. Under federal law, Edwards must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; and Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was directed by ATF, and Lexington Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco Villalobos.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr., coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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