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Falls drug dealer pleads guilty, enters diversion program

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man is risking a prison sentence of as long as eight years if he fails in a drug treatment program, he was told as he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Tyrone D. Stewart, 58, of 16th Street, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon as he admitted to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Stewart’s felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence if he succeeds in the two-year diversion program. The second-time felon sold acetaminophen and hydrocodone in the Falls on June 20 and July 1, 2014.