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Two drug dealers gamble on avoiding 12-year prison terms

Two local drug dealers gambled Tuesday that they can beat their drug addictions in a court-supervised treatment program. If they're wrong, it could cost them up to 12 years in prison.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III admitted both second-time felons into the judicial diversion program. Their felony charges will be reduced to misdemeanors if they succeed in becoming clean and sober within two years. If they fail, they're headed behind bars.

Brian D. Banks, 31, of Amherst Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to selling cocaine July 31 at Elmwood Avenue and Erie Street in Lockport.

Zachary D. Boos, 23, of 22nd Street, Niagara Falls, admitted having 0.8 ounces of cocaine he intended to sell, plus a bag of marijuana, on March 21 at the Red Carpet Inn in the Falls.

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