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GLOVES SEND DRUG DEALER BACK TO PRISON

William Brooks, a convicted drug dealer, is going back to prison because he was wearing latex gloves when a state parole officer made an unannounced visit to his Buffalo flat.

Brooks, 30, who was sentenced Friday to six years to life in prison, pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to crack-cocaine trafficking charges.

Once released from prison he will be on lifetime parole under the state's drug laws.

Brooks ran afoul of the law last January when he forgot to take off his latex gloves before opening the front door of his flat for a late-night visit by state parole officer Dennis Lates last Jan. 30.

The parole officer called Buffalo police and set up a raid on the flat later that night because he did not believe Brooks' claim that he was only wearing the gloves, which drug traffickers often use to assemble packages for sale, to wash dishes, officials said.

Police recovered over six ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 cash in the raid, prosecutors said.

Sentencing will be next month for Brooks' compatriots -- Marlin Holms, 20, of Prospect Avenue, and Michael Ashley, 25, of Beverly Road -- who pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

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