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Auburn woman pleads guilty to heroin sales

District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann announced today that after intensive police investigations, involving undercover work and the execution of a search warrant and subsequent protracted litigation, Kristy L. Chavis, formerly known as Kristy L. Hetherington, age 36 of 7 Warren Avenue in Auburn, who is a repeat felon and drug dealer, pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court (Hon. Thomas G. Leone) to all counts of two separate indictments, including 11 class “B” drug felonies, 2 misdemeanor drug charges and 2 Endangering the Welfare of a Child misdemeanors.In December of 2004, Chavis, a/k/a Hetherington at the time, was arrested for 4 “B” felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 1 “B” felony count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree committed in the City of Auburn. During the pendency of that litigation, Chavis continued her drug dealing which resulted in another arrest in August 2005 for 2 “B” felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 2 “B” felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, again committed in the City of Auburn.The defendant pled guilty today to 4 class “B” drug felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree for heroin sales committed in the City of Auburn on December 11, 2014, December 15, 2014, December 23, 2014 and January 5, 2015. She additionally pled guilty to all counts of a second indictment that was the result of the biggest heroin drug “bust” in recent Auburn history when, on February 22, 2015, Chavis was found in possession of 74.2 grams of unpackaged heroin in her residence at 7 Warren Ave., Auburn. In addition to the 74.2 grams (in a safe), Chavis had an additional 5 grams of unpackaged heroin out on a table, along with digital scales, and packaging materials. Chavis admitted to police she was packaging the additional 5 grams for sale. Chavis plead guilty to 2 Endangering the Welfare of a Child counts and admitted to packaging the heroin for sale in the presence of her 2 daughters, ages 4 and 15. Police also seized 1.5 grams of cocaine and $2,854, cash which Chavis admitted was proceeds from her heroin sales.To put the amount of heroin recovered into perspective, heroin is typically packaged for sale in small bags containing less than 0.1 grams of heroin each. Chavis by her own admission was selling these for $10 per bag, or $100 per “bundle” of 10 bags. Thus, the 79.2 grams of heroin Chavis possessed was worth at least $7,920 for 792 bags/doses in street sales. Chavis advised the police she originally bought 100 grams of heroin in Rochester just days prior for $3,000. Chavis told police that she had engaged in this conduct about four times in the past three weeks. Another way to put the amount of heroin recovered into perspective is that in the past 6 months, the Syracuse Police, New York State Police and US Marshals teamed up to combat gang violence in the City of Syracuse. They arrested 248 people and recovered approximately 70 grams of heroin.Chavis faces a potential maximum State prison sentence of 60 years (2-12 years for each event x 5) as a second felony offender for these felonies. Judge Leone promised Chavis a 7 year prison sentence if she pled guilty to every charge in both indictments. Chavis accepted the offer and pled guilty to all counts in both indictments. Sentencing is currently scheduled for January 2016. Chavis was released from custody by Judge Chavis had felony numerous felony drug arrests in 2004 and 2005 as a result of intensive police investigations. The two indictments then charged with 21 “B” drug felony counts, 1 “E” felony conspiracy count and 2 misdemeanor drug counts. On October 18, 2005, Chavis, then known as Hetherington, plead guilty to 2 separate counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree in satisfaction of both pending indictments from 2004 and 2005, which resulted in a State prison sentence of 4½ to 9 years. Chavis was released from prison December 31, 2008. She remained under Parole supervision until August 4, 2014. By December 2014 the police had purchased heroin from Chavis, who obviously returned quickly to drug dealing after her release.

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