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Falls crack dealer passes up chance at drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls crack cocaine dealer declined an offer to enter a court-supervised drug treatment program Wednesday, deciding instead to simply plead guilty to a felony.

Bashara D. Lucas, 21, of 18th Street, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a $100 sale to a police informant in the Falls July 14. He faces a maximum sentence of 2 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced May 11 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

If Lucas had decided to enter the judicial diversion program he would have had to plead guilty to third-degree sale and risk a nine-year maximum sentence if he failed in treatment.

That nine-year risk may come home to roost for Brian Grant, 16, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, who was kicked out of diversion Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III and scheduled for sentencing April 27. Grant entered the program in November but did not cooperate with treatment and was booted out of Lockport Drug Court. Grant made three cocaine sales in the City of Lockport in April 2015.