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Man guilty of heroin possession for sale

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A 52-year-old Madera man will be sentenced Oct. 15 after being convicted in Madera Superior Court on two felony counts of transporting and possessing heroin for sale, District Attorney Michael Keitz said.

Leland S. Kerns was also convicted Wednesday on special allegations that he was previously convicted of rape by force, first degree burglary and has served five different commitments in prison, Keitz said.

In 2009, Kerns was stopped by agents on the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement team while driving on the east side of the city. During a search, the agents found saleable quantities of heroin in his underwear. A search of his home uncovered more narcotic trafficking evidence, Keitz said.

Under California’s Three Strikes law, Kerns could be sentenced up to 30 years to life in prison...


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