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Falls drug dealer takes plea deal

LOCKPORT – Regis M. Cox of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to two drug felonies and an attempted perjury charge Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Cox, 21, of Willow Avenue, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and a reduced count of attempted first-degree perjury. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III promised concurrent sentencing as part of the deal, limiting Cox’s prison time to four years when he is sentenced Jan. 6.

Cox admitted that he was found in a car outside a Chinese restaurant on Portage Road Jan. 3 with 1.83 grams of cocaine in his pocket. He testified in an evidence suppression hearing on that case July 14 that Detective Thomas V. Rodriguez told a patrolman at Police Headquarters to include in his report a mention of a marijuana odor in the car, but Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner established Rodriguez wasn’t there. That’s where the perjury count came in.

Cox also pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to a police informant near Hyde Park Boulevard Aug. 5. As part of the plea deal, a charge that Cox had cocaine in his trousers pocket when a probation officer visited his home Sept. 11 was dismissed.