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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty to crack charge, enters diversion

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to possessing crack cocaine when his vehicle was pulled over by police in that city May 12.

Demetrius J. Gregory, 27, of 24th Street, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He risks up to nine years in prison if he fails in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, to which he was assigned by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Successful treatment would mean Gregory’s charge would be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence.

Police said Gregory ran away after his car was stopped for an improper turn on 16th Street, and they found 8.6 grams of crack in a hooded sweatshirt he threw away during the chase.