LOCKPORT – A second-time drug felon from Niagara Falls, who is risking up to 12 years in prison if he washes out of a treatment program, astonished Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Friday by admitting he smoked marijuana Wednesday.
“You have to give up marijuana, you know,” the judge admonished Terrence D. Booze, 42, of LaSalle Avenue. Booze said he smoked because he was “stressed out” over his guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and his admission to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.
Booze, who admitted having cocaine with the intention of selling it when police raided his then-home on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls May 30, also forfeited $639 police seized. If he succeeds in diversion, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence.