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Woman given probation in drug case

LOCKPORT - A detective’s testimony about suspicious behavior wasn’t enough to convince Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to send a Lockport drug dealer to prison.

Instead, Barbara D. Meyers, 56, of North Transit Street, was placed on five years’ probation and assigned to Lockport’s mental health court. She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for dealing cocaine Jan. 27, 2014.

Lockport Detective Kevin Newman testified Wednesday that last month, a police informant called a drug dealer to set up a crack cocaine purchase and was told that the dealer was “at Barb’s on North Transit.” Also, Newman said two people were shot recently in the driveway of the apartment house in which Meyers lives.

“Is it suspicious? Yes. Is it proof positive? No,” Sheldon said, sticking to her probation plan for Meyers.