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Heroin dealers plead guilty, enter diversion program

LOCKPORT – Two 32-year-old Erie County residents pleaded guilty Thursday to selling heroin Sept. 16 in North Tonawanda, and were admitted by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Luis J. Rivera of Page Street, Buffalo, and Stephanie M. Pamrow of Liston Street, Town of Tonawanda, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. In a previous court appearance, Rivera said he is a daily heroin user and Pamrow said she is a cocaine addict.

Each defendant must repay $50 to the county Drug Task Force for the price of the heroin.

Rivera and Pamrow each risk up to nine years in prison if they fail in the diversion program, but if they become clean and sober, the charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with a nonjail sentence.