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Falls man on probation charged with having 4 pounds of pot

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man allegedly caught by his federal probation officer with 4.62 pounds of marijuana in his basement pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court.

Marcus M. Hall, 40, of Cleveland Avenue, was indicted on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the probation officer found two bags of pot Aug. 21.

Hall was placed on five years’ probation in April 2011 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, in the wake of his guilty plea to unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of marijuana, a crime committed in November 2008. Hall now is in the Niagara County jail without bail as a federal probation violator.

In another drug case Friday, Milton L. Daniels, 25, of 22nd Street in the Falls, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of making two crack cocaine sales to police informants in the Falls, on Oct. 23 and Nov. 12.