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Buffalo man’s drug felony dismissed; two others plead guilty

LOCKPORT – Charges were dismissed Tuesday against a Buffalo man who sold cocaine in North Tonawanda in June 2013, after he successfully completed the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. threw out the case against David A. Lee, 24, of Langfield Drive, who risked a nine-year prison term if he had failed in treatment. He earned a degree from Erie Community College while on diversion.

Meanwhile, two other men started their diversion journeys Tuesday by pleading guilty to drug felonies in Niagara County Court.

Dylan J. Simons, 21, of Ridge Road, Newfane, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having 0.15 ounces of cocaine in his backpack when Niagara County sheriff’s deputies picked him up on a bench warrant July 23 at Tim Hortons in Wrights Corners. John P. Ward, 27, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale for dealing Suboxone in the Falls on Feb. 5, 2014.