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Former federal inmate charged with Lockport cocaine sales

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man, who served more than four years in federal prison for possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it, was arraigned in Niagara County Court Thursday on an indictment accusing him of making three crack cocaine sales in the City of Lockport this year.

Rico L. Freeman, 31, of Strauss Road, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. The drug deals allegedly occurred May 29 and June 1 and 3, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

In June 2008, Freeman was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 97 months in prison. However, he was released in November 2011. Freeman violated the terms of supervised release and went back to prison for eight months in April 2013.

In another Town of Lockport drug case Thursday, County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III assigned Shaun W. Allen to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after a guilty plea to third-degree sale of cocaine. Allen, 34, of Tonawanda Creek Road, was charged with making cocaine deals Oct. 30 and Nov. 3. He risks up to 12 years in prison if he fails in treatment.