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Lockport drug dealer takes big gamble on becoming clean

LOCKPORT – If Lockport drug dealer Jeffrey L. Massey doesn’t succeed in a court-supervised drug treatment program, he’s going to regret it for a long time.

Massey, 28, of South Street, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine in Lockport Nov. 12. Because his previous record includes a violent felony – a 2009 robbery conviction in Rochester – he risks a mandatory minimum sentence of six years in prison if he flunks out of the judicial diversion program. But Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon could choose to send Massey behind bars for as long as 15 years.

“He has more to lose if he fails out of the program than anyone I’ve ever put into it,” Sheldon said.

But success would mean the charge would be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence.