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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who is on federal post-release supervision for marijuana trafficking pleaded guilty Friday to having sold cocaine last summer in the Falls.

Joseph J. Mauldin, 46, of Ashland Avenue, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and faces up to four years in state prison when he is sentenced July 10 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Mauldin was convicted in 2009 on federal charges of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of pot, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. He was indicted locally for cocaine sales to a police informant in the Falls Aug. 14 and 19.

Mauldin said he’s in drug rehab and has been clean since last July.

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