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3 arraigned on Niagara County drug sales indictments

LOCKPORT – Three persons pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Monday to indictments accusing them of making two drugs sales each.

For Joshua D. Cooney, 27, of Elmwood Avenue, Lockport, it was his second indictment in as many months. This time, Cooney was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine to a police informant in the City of Lockport July 31 and Aug. 7. Last month, Cooney was charged with having had cocaine and drug paraphernalia when police raided his then-apartment on North Transit Street Sept. 26.

In the other cases, Sweet A. Thompson, 34, of Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, was arraigned on the same charges Cooney faced Monday. She was accused of selling crack cocaine in the Falls Dec. 15 and Jan. 6.

Jeffrey L. Massey, 28, of Rochester, pleaded not guilty to third-degree sale and possession for an alleged cocaine deal Nov. 12, and to fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession for an alleged Suboxone sale Nov. 1, both in Lockport.

Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said all of the three defendants’ alleged transactions were recorded on audio tape.