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Drug treatment in prison prescribed for Lockport crack dealer

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon sentenced a Lockport crack cocaine dealer to a stint in the state prison system’s secure drug treatment facility Wednesday.

Davaris M. Hodge, 23, of Erie Street, will serve two years in a regular cell, plus two years of post-release supervision, if he washes out of treatment. Hodge pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack in the Town of Lockport on Jan. 10, 2014. It’s his second felony conviction for crack dealing in five years.

In another drug case, County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on Thursday sentenced Matthew Handley, 47, of Main Street, Niagara Falls, to a year behind bars for smuggling drugs into the County Jail amid his rolls of fat. The obese, wheelchair-bound Handley did so Sept. 19, after being sent to jail for violating the rules of Niagara Falls Drug Court. Officers found marijuana, buprenorphine and alprazolam. However, Murphy said the sentence will be served simultaneously with Handley’s current state prison term of 16 months to four years for fourth-degree grand larceny.