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Falls cocaine dealer sentenced to 8 years

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who pleaded guilty after police seized two pounds of cocaine from his home and $25,000 in cash from his nightstand was sentenced Friday to eight years in state prison.

“This is a high-level dealer, at least by what we see in Niagara County,” Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said of Michael C. Sawyer, 28, of Michigan Avenue.

The money taken in the Dec. 7 raid was forfeited to the federal government, Wydysh said. Besides the prison time, County Judge Sara Sheldon tacked on three years of post-release supervision.

Sawyer, a second-time felon and the father of a young girl, said he was “full of shame” and added, “I wish I could have made better decisions, but it’s too late for that now.”

“He knows that if he comes back out and does it again, he’ll likely face 20 to 25 years,” defense attorney Herbert L. Greenman said.

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