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Drug dealer lasts four days on probation before new arrest

A Buffalo man who did not last a week without violating his probation pleaded guilty to new, more serious drug charges Monday in State Supreme Court.

In February, Phillip L. Jackson Jr., 24, received a sentence of five years probation after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony.

Four days later, on Feb. 8, the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 111 Ashley St. Inside, they found 87 glassine envelopes of fentanyl and cocaine, packaged for sale. Outside, they saw Jackson fleeing through the backyard.

Jackson was apprehended and charged with possessing and intending to sell the drugs. The charges led to his guilty pleas Monday to felony possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and to violating the terms of his probation.

Jackson now is being held without bail until his sentencing before Justice M. William Boller on June 23, when he faces up to 12 years in prison.

The District Attorney's Narcotics Bureau Chief Paul J. Williams III is prosecuting the case.

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