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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia
William J. Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, April 22, 2024

Ohio Man Sentenced for Fentanyl and Firearms Charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tyler Jordan Sands, age 23, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for fentanyl and firearms offenses.

Sands pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and unlawful possession of a firearm in November 2023. According to court documents and statements made in court, Sands was under investigation for traveling from Akron to sell drugs in the Clarksburg area. A search warrant was executed on a home being used by Sands in Clarksburg, along with his vehicle and hotel room. Officers found 500 fentanyl pills, powdered fentanyl, cash, and a semi-automatic pistol.  Because of a prior conviction, Sands is prohibited from having firearms.

Sands will serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.


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