AUBURN — When Cynthia Jedra was arrested in 2016, the Cayuga County district attorney said police were shocked to find hundreds of doses of synthetic fentanyl at her Auburn residence. There were also several glassine envelopes of heroin, more than 30 pounds of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia throughout the home.
Jedra, of 35 Quill Ave. Apt. X317, was initially indicted and charged with five felonies, including criminal sale and possession of narcotics and marijuana. However, in July, the 50-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, in full satisfaction of the indictment.
On Tuesday, Jedra appeared in Cayuga County criminal court for sentencing, and District Attorney Jon Budelmann described exactly what police found when they searched Jedra's apartment at Oak Creek Townhomes last year.
According to Budelmann, Jedra was living with three of her children at the time, one of which was a minor. Her oldest son, Alexander Temple, also pleaded guilty to selling heroin out of the home.
"It was a regular (drug) processing place," Budelmann said, noting that officers discovered two ounces of synthetic fentanyl and 32 1/2 pounds of marijuana at the residence. "There were literally hundreds if not thousands of doses of fentanyl, which is 50 percent stronger than heroin."
That fentanyl was allegedly shipped from China directly to Jedra's home. As a result of her international dealings, Budelmann said Jedra is facing charges in federal court, as well.
But according to Jedra's defense attorney, Charles Thomas, Jedra was more of a drug user than a dealer.
In a pre-sentence report, Jedra claimed she was prescribed opiates for a back injury in the late 1990s. It wasn't until 2016 — when her doctor abruptly stopped her prescription — that Jedra said she turned to heroin, which she then sold to support her own addiction.
And as far as the marijuana was concerned, Jedra said she didn't know it was there, believing it had been disposed of years ago.
"The marijuana was in a box in storage," Thomas said. "It was six years old ... and it was of no use to anybody."
Since her plea, Thomas said Jedra has been moved into a halfway house in Wayne County, seeking treatment for her addiction. She cried Tuesday as she apologized to Judge Mark Fandrich in court.
"Looking at my face in the mirror is difficult, because I'm 50 years old and I should know better," she said. "I'm so ashamed."
Fandrich ultimately sentenced Jedra to shock probation. She was given credit for time served in Cayuga County Jail and ordered to successfully complete felony drug court in Auburn. In addition, Jedra will have to pay $140 in restitution — the money she received from two sales of heroin last summer.
"If she screws up in drug court, we're not giving her any more chances," Budelmann said.
"I hope you take advantage of the opportunity that we have given you," Fandrich added.
Also in court:
• An Auburn man appeared in court Tuesday for violating the terms and conditions of his probation.
Dequan Wilson, 25, of 18 Baker Ave. Apt. 3, was placed on five years probation in April 2016 after being convicted of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.
But Budelmann said Wilson has violated three conditions of his probation: failure to pay restitution, drinking alcohol and getting into further trouble with the law.
In August, Wilson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. According to the district attorney, Wilson's blood alcohol content was .15 percent at the time.
In addition, Budelmann said Wilson has only made four small payments toward his restitution and still owes nearly $500.
"The greatest concern is he is out driving behind the wheel while intoxicated," he said. "He's drinking to excess ... and he is putting others at risk."
Judge Fandrich entered a denial to the violation on Wilson's behalf, allowing Wilson the opportunity to seek assigned council. He then remanded Wilson to Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $750 cash or $1,500 bond.
Wilson was scheduled to return to Cayuga County Court Oct. 31. He was also due back in Aurelius Town Court for the DWI charge Oct. 25.