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Janelle Hawkins, 36, of Lockport, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to allowing her boyfriend to use a home she owned as a base for selling cocaine.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Hawkins faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Prosecutor Mary Catherine Baumgarten said Hawkins knew about the drug dealing by Eric Williams, Hawkins’ boyfriend.

He previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison for distributing cocaine and conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute the drug from a house at 118 Chestnut St., Lockport, owned by Hawkins, a registered nurse.

The house was raided Aug. 17, 2010, by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Niagara County Drug Task Force. They seized $8,614 in cash, some drug paraphernalia, and more than half a kilogram of cocaine as Williams was trying to flush it down a toilet. Williams and Hawkins are among 23 people convicted as a result of this probe.

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