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Methadone sale nets prison time

POSTED February 10, 2012 10:48 p.m.

A Turlock man convicted of selling methadone was sentenced to prison for 11 years and eight months, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Jerry Jay Edgar, 55, also admitted two prior convictions for drug sales offenses from 1997 and 2002, and admitted a prior prison commitment from 2002.

On July 31, 2009, officers from the Turlock Police Department responded to a report of possible drug sales occurring at a trailer parked on C Street.

Officers made contact with the occupants, and consent was given to conduct a search of the trailer. During the search officers found more than 150 methadone pills, new and used syringes and other paraphernalia used to ingest drugs. Edgar admitted possession of the items, according to the prosecution.

Edgar also pled no contest to charges of felony theft and possession of methamphetamine stemming from separate Turlock Police Department investigations.

Upon entry of Edgar’s no contest plea, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Scott Steffen sentenced Edgar to 11 years and eight months for the violations. Under the new state “realignment” restrictions, Edgar was not eligible to be returned to state prison. Edgar will serve nine years and eight months in local custody, and the remaining two years on community release supervised by the Probation Department.

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