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Man pleads guilty in Gasport drug raid

LOCKPORT – A former Gasport resident admitted Thursday in Niagara County Court that he had three-tenths of an ounce of the painkiller oxycodone when the county Drug Task Force raided his home Oct. 2.

Thomas J. Coleman, 20, of Tudor Lane, Lockport, was living on East Avenue in Gasport at the time of the arrest. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was admitted by the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Coleman risks a prison sentence of up to 5 1/2 years if he washes out of diversion, but if he succeeds, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a non-jail sentence.