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Parolee placed on probation for more drug dealing

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who is currently on parole from a prison sentence for selling crack cocaine was placed on five years’ probation Wednesday for another such crime that occurred before he went to state prison.

Davaris M. Hodge, 24, of Erie Street, had admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack in the City of Lockport Feb. 27 and March 16, 2015. On May 21, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon sent Hodge to prison for selling crack in 2014; he was paroled Nov. 3. Sheldon warned him he would go back to prison if he violates probation rules. This is Hodge’s third crack-dealing conviction in the past six years.

In another drug case Wednesday, Benjamin R. Rupert, 21, of Beechwood Place, Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. He was arrested for having sold oxymorphone in the Town of Lockport on May 28, 2014. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing for June 29.