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Falls cocaine dealer sent to prison for two years

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was charged with three cocaine sales in that city in 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and one year of post-release supervision.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the term on Jacob Briones, 23, of Cleveland Avenue, for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He also must repay the $100 purchase price to the county Drug Task Force.

Briones committed the drug sales before Murphy sent him to prison for 16 months to four years in April 2014 for attempting to rob a Niagara Falls convenience store while armed with a toy gun. Briones was paroled in June in that case.

Murphy said the parole officer told him that Briones failed a drug test Dec. 1 and moved without permission. If a parole violation is lodged, the prison term Murphy imposed Wednesday could be extended.