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Falls drug dealer takes plea deal

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Thursday to a pair of cocaine-related felonies, but County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III agreed to sentence him concurrently.

That means Charles L. Walker, 21, of Willow Avenue, will face a maximum of 2½ years in prison, not five years, when he returns to court Sept. 10.

Walker admitted to attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having .34 ounces of cocaine on his person when police stopped him for unlicensed driving Sept. 25. He also admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police informant Nov. 18. Both crimes occurred on Diamond Park Lane in the Falls’ Center Court housing project, Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said.

Walker also agreed to forfeit $1,597 police seized along with the cocaine in the first case.