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Judge lays odds drug dealer will break probation

LOCKPORT – A City of Lockport woman was placed on five years’ probation Wednesday for selling the painkiller oxymorphone, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he doesn’t think Amy E. Devine can obey the rules.

“I have serious doubts,” State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told the mother of an 8-year-old son. “My odds, if I were a bookmaker: I’m going to see you again on a violation of probation.”

Devine, 36, of South Transit Street, had been injecting the drug into her own system, defense attorney Michael E. White said. She turned to selling oxymorphone after losing a job she’d had for 12 years. “She needed the money,” White said.

“It’s the use part that concerns me. She needed the money for more drugs,” Kloch replied.

Also Wednesday, Kloch granted youthful offender status to a 20-year-old Buffalo man who was 18 when he sold cocaine in North Tonawanda. The man had successfully completed the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, and his felony conviction was vacated.