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Obese inmate admits trying to smuggle drugs into jail amid his rolls of fat

LOCKPORT – An obese, wheelchair-bound Niagara County Jail inmate, charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail concealed amid his rolls of fat, pleaded guilty Thursday before County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Matthew Handley, 47, of Main Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prison contraband, which could add a year to his sentence when he returns to court May 21.

Handley already is serving time for fourth-degree grand larceny. Murphy sentenced him in February to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for a series of thefts from two Town of Niagara stores in 2013. He was kicked out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in December, three months after he was sent to jail for violating the rules of Niagara Falls Drug Court. As he was admitted to jail Sept. 19, a search found marijuana, alprazolam and buprenorphine concealed on his person.