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LOCKPORT – Adaberto Olivieri-Perez, who escaped from police custody in January and was at large for two days, pleaded guilty to two drug felonies Thursday in State Supreme Court.

Olivieri-Perez, 23, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, was assigned to the judicial diversion program for court-supervised drug treatment after he pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.

He admitted having cocaine with the intention of selling it when police raided his apartment on Hyde Park Boulevard June 19, and he acknowledged selling heroin to a police informant on Oct. 21 in Niagara Falls.

Olivieri-Perez got away from a U.S. marshal’s patrol car on Jan. 14 in Niagara Falls after being arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court. The escape charge is being held in abeyance and the outcome will depend on how he fares in diversion, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Olivieri-Perez risks a prison sentence for as long as 18 years if he washes out of the treatment program. If he succeeds, his charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with no jail time.

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