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Lockport man enters drug diversion as another exits successfully

LOCKPORT – A Lockport drug dealer was admitted to the judicial diversion program Thursday after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III warned Gregory McBride, 29, of Washburn Street, that he risks up to nine years in state prison if he washes out of the court-supervised drug treatment program. Otherwise, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence.

McBride sold cocaine to a police informant for $140 on Sept. 12, 2014, in his then-apartment on Lincoln Avenue in the Town of Lockport.

Also Thursday, Murphy allowed a methamphetamine maker to receive the misdemeanor plea and placed him on probation for one more year after his success in diversion.

“It’s been great. My life is completely changed,” said Jeffrey M. Budde, 29, of Appleton. He pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth two years ago, after police shut down his meth lab on Ruhlman Road in the Town of Lockport.