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FLORIDA MAN HELD ON DRUG CHARGES

A Florida man alleged to be the supplier of 17 ounces of cocaine sold to undercover police agents in Niagara County last October is being held without bail after he was extradited from Florida last week.

Kenneth G. Howle III, 33, of Cape Coral, Fla., is charged with two counts each of second-degree conspiracy and first-degree sale of a controlled substance and one count each of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Howle, who owns a gift store in Fort Myers, Fla., is accused of supplying the cocaine brought into Niagara County from Florida by Gregory Scott Bales, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Fla. Bales was arraigned March 25 on two counts of second-degree conspiracy and one count each of second-degree sale, third-degree possession, first-degree sale and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Bales, a bakery manager in the Orlando area, remains free on $95,000 property bail and $5,000 cash bail.

The two men were indicted after a probe that began with gram-quantity street level buys of cocaine in Niagara Falls by Niagara County Drug Task Force investigators.

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