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Two drug felons succeed in court-supervised treatment

LOCKPORT – William S. Johnson and Ray A. Harris collected their legal winnings Friday after succeeding in two-year court-supervised drug treatment programs.

Johnson, 37, of South Transit Street, Lockport, and Harris, 29, of Niagara Avenue in the Falls, each pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and were placed on probation for one more year. Both men had risked state prison sentences of as long as nine years if they had failed in the judicial diversion program.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III handled the Johnson case, which began when he bought crack cocaine from a police informant July 18, 2013. When the man called back and said he needed to buy back $100 worth of the drug, Johnson sold it to him outside a Tim Hortons in Lockport and immediately was arrested.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. dealt with Harris, who was arrested May 23, 2013, in a police raid on an apartment on 19th Street in the Falls, where crack and powder cocaine, marijuana, heroin and prescription pills were seized despite Harris’ effort to flush some drugs down the toilet.