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      Seven charged in Cayuga County drug sweep

      Elisha Jackson, 23. / Photo: Cayuga County DA's office

      A county-wide drug sweep results in the arrest of seven people in Cayuga County.

      On Tuesday, the following were indicted on drug charges:

      -Casey Kudla, 19, of Clyde, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing cocaine in the Town of Aurelius. If convicted, Kudla faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in state prison.

      Kudla was remanded to jail in lieu of $7,500 cash/$15,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 15 for appearance with counsel.

      -Mario Temple, 37, of Auburn, was charged with four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing cocaine in the City of Auburn. If convicted, Temple faces a maximum sentence of 36 years in state prison.

      Temple was remanded to jail in lieu of $15, 000 cash/$30,000 bond with a return date to court set for February 28 for motions.

      -Saleem Spencer, 28, of Auburn, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing cocaine in the City of Auburn. If convicted, Spencer faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison.

      Spencer was remanded to jail in lieu of $10, 000 cash/$20,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 15 for appearance with counsel.

      -Steven Reynolds, 31, of Cayuga, was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing heroin in the City of Auburn. If convicted, Reynolds faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison.

      Reynolds was remanded to jail in lieu of $10, 000 cash/$20,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 20 for appearance with counsel.

      -Eugene Lewis, 47, of Syracuse, was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing cocaine in the City of Auburn. If convicted, Lewis faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison.

      Lewis was remanded to jail in lieu of $15, 000 cash/$30,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 20 for appearance with counsel.

      -Elisha Jackson, 23, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both Class B drug felonies, for allegedly selling and possessing cocaine in the Town of Aurelius. If convicted, Jackson faces a maximum sentence of 9 years in state prison.

      Lewis was remanded to jail in lieu of $7, 500 cash/$15,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 20 for appearance with counsel.

      -Derrick Grassman, 33, of Port Byron, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Third Degree, both Class E felonies, for allegedly selling marijuana greater than 25 grams, in the Town of Mentz. If convicted, Grassman faces a maximum sentence of 3 years in state prison.

      Grassman was remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond with a return date to court set for December 15 for appearance with counsel.

      "The scourge of illegal drug sales continues to plague our community. I hope that today's high profile drug sweep sends a strong message to those engaging in, or contemplating illegal drug activity, that this community will not tolerate illegal drugs sales," said Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

      The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, Cayuga County Sheriff's Department, Auburn Police Department, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshall's Office, and the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office all participated in the drug sweep.

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