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Lockport man admits cocaine possession, is promised a chance at probation

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who had 0.19 ounces of cocaine with him when police stopped his car last year was promised a chance to earn probation Tuesday.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she intends to start Dustin T. Peace, 25, of Evans Street, on interim probation when he returns to court Jan. 22.

Peace admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and must forfeit $1,192 police confiscated from him after the Nov. 23 arrest in Pendleton.

Peace said he got involved in opiates after suffering a serious back injury in a January 2012 auto accident. Farkas replied, “If all you had were opiates, this would be a whole different case.” She wouldn’t give Peace a chance at the judicial diversion program because of the large amount of cocaine he had.