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LOCKPORT – Ernest L. Ruffin, whose criminal resume includes two felony and eight misdemeanor convictions, pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to a four-count indictment accusing him of dealing crack cocaine in Niagara Falls.

Ruffin, 36, of 23rd Street, Niagara Falls, is charged with two counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance. The crack sales to an undercover police officer allegedly occurred Nov. 21 and 22, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Assistant Public Defender David E. Blackley said Ruffin has about a year left to serve as a parole violator on a 2011 conviction for third-degree robbery: a holdup at a store adjoining the Rodeway Inn in the Falls Dec. 30, 2009.

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