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Charges dismissed against woman who succeeded in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas dismissed all charges Tuesday against a Lockport woman who successfully completed the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Latasha L. Ford, 33, of Robinson Road, had pleaded guilty in January 2013 to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police informant May 24, 2012, in Lockport. It was her second drug felony in two years.

A year ago, Ford was indicted again on another drug sale count; she was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in that case.

Ford risked a maximum 12-year prison sentence had she failed in diversion. Farkas could have placed her on probation for another year after reducing the 2013 felony plea to another misdemeanor, but instead she decided Ford had done well enough that the cases could be dropped completely.