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Falls man gets two-year sentence for cocaine possession

LOCKPORT – Second-time felon Taurian D. Nix, 23, of Jordan Gardens, Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision for having slightly more than a gram of cocaine and some hydrocodone when he ran from a Falls police traffic stop June 12.

Nix, who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, served three years in prison on a 2011 conviction for attempted second-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said the Probation Department presentencing report graded Nix as having the greatest possible risk for “violence and recidivism.”

In another drug case, Sheldon placed Alicia P. Calderone in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after her guilty plead to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Calderone, 34, of Strauss Road, Lockport, was charged with selling painkillers to a police informant in the Town of Lockport July 31 and Aug. 7. Calderone risks nine years in prison if she washes out of treatment.