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LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man, who was expelled from the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in October, was sentenced Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to three years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Bonito P. Medina, 30, of Comstock Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after his Oct. 28, 2011, arrest by Niagara Falls police, who charged him with intending to sell 0.71 ounces of cocaine.

Medina was admitted to the treatment program, risking a maximum 12-year prison if he failed. Murphy removed him from the program after he was arrested in a woman’s house where police were trying to execute an arrest warrant. Drugs were in plain view, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

In another drug case Tuesday, Melania J. Birjukow, 20, of 100th Street in the Falls, admitted to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and will be sentenced April 10 by Murphy. Birjukow was arrested in a drug raid on a Ferry Avenue house, when police found some oxymorphone pills in her purse.

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