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Falls man admits to cocaine felony; two others arraigned

LOCKPORT – A man who was arrested in a July 9 drug raid on his home pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court.

James A. Powell, 28, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having half gram of cocaine when he was arrested. County Judge Sara Sheldon scheduled sentencing April 7 for Powell, who also may have to forfeit as much as $760 police found in his pockets and in a safe.

Two other Falls men pleaded not guilty to new drug indictments Friday. Both were charged with two counts each of third-degree sale and possession for allegedly making two crack cocaine sales to police informants.

Antonio M. Mozell, 29, of Willow Avenue, is in jail for violating his parole from the state prison system’s drug treatment center, which occurred on New Year’s Eve, but the crack sales in the indictment allegedly occurred March 26 and April 2. Mozell wasn’t sent to treatment until August.

In the other case, Deon G. Dennis, 20, of 18th Street, was charged with selling crack Sept. 23 and 29.