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Appellate court upholds weapons, narcotics convictions in Cayuga County

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The Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, in Rochester, has upheld the convictions of two individuals involved in separate narcotics and illegal weapons possession cases in Cayuga County, according to officials.

Floyd Chavis, arrested in 2019 following a raid on his apartment by the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force and other agencies, had his drug-related convictions affirmed. The search led to the discovery of heroin, cash, a stolen AR-15 assault rifle, and other items, with subsequent forensic testimony at trial confirming Chavis’ DNA on the weapon. In 2020, he was found guilty of multiple felonies and misdemeanors, and sentenced to 12 years in state prison with concurrent sentences on other charges.

Additionally, the Appellate Division confirmed the convictions of Arthur Janes. Janes was arrested in June 2021 after a cocaine sale, and authorities discovered additional narcotics and weapons in his vehicle. He pleaded guilty in November to third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced in January 2022 to four years in prison for each count, to be served concurrently, followed by two years of post-release supervision.