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DRUG SELLER APOLOGIZES, AVOIDS JAIL SENTENCE

A Laurel Street woman was spared jail today after she told a judge she regretted being involved in drug dealing and falsely accusing male Buffalo police officers of sexually abusing her during a Jefferson Avenue drug bust two months ago.

City Judge David M. Manz placed Sandra Mingo Walker on probation for three years and ordered her to get mental and substance abuse counseling as a result of her Feb. 6 guilty pleas in two drug cases and for making the false accusations against police officers.

"I'm sorry about the whole thing," Ms. Walker, 43, told the judge.

Ms. Walker, who has been free on bail since her Jan. 11 and Jan. 29 drug arrests, also was ordered by Manz to abstain from drugs and alcohol for the next three years. The judge also ordered her to pay $180 in court costs.

Ms. Walker was charged with misdemeanor drug dealing for both the Jan. 11 Jefferson Avenue arrest and a Jan. 29 Laurel Street arrest.

Court officials said Ms. Walker was allowed to plead guilty Feb. 6 in the three cases and the Erie County Probation Department recommended she be placed on probation and sent for professional counseling.

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