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Lockport man pleads guilty to two drug felonies

LOCKPORT – A City of Lockport man pleaded guilty to two drug felonies Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Joshua D. Cooney, 27, of Elmwood Avenue, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale and attempted fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance. County Judge Sara Sheldon, who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 7, said she will sentence Cooney concurrently on the two charges, thus limiting his prison time to 2 1/2 years instead of a five-year maximum. Questions had been raised about the validity of a search warrant used in one of the cases.

Cooney, who must forfeit $226 seized from him at one of his arrests, also must repay $120 to the county Drug Task Force. Police raided his then-apartment on North Transit Street Sept. 26 and seized 0.13 ounces of cocaine, and he admitted selling the drug to a police informant July 31.

In another Lockport drug case Wednesday before Sheldon, Edward Ruhland, 43, of Allen Street, was placed on five years’ probation for fifth-degree sale of oxymorphone to a police informant Aug. 20.