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Lockport man pleads not guilty to dealing crack

LOCKPORT – A City of Lockport man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Thursday to a four-count indictment that charges him with two crack cocaine sales to a police informant in the city last year.

Eric M. Sobers, 27, of Walnut Street, is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance for drug deals that allegedly occurred Nov. 19 and 21, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

In another Lockport drug case, Timothy J. Paolini, 31, of Pine Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree sale for peddling the painkiller oxymorphone to an informant March 31 and April 2. County Judge Sara Sheldon admitted him to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. If he succeeds in treatment, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence, but a washout could equal a prison sentence of up to nine years.