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Long prison term coming for Porter man who took cocaine shipment

LOCKPORT – A man who picked up a shipment of $100,000 worth of cocaine in Niagara Falls in 2014 pleaded guilty Tuesday, and will receive a prison term of “six or seven years,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said.

James F. Ashley Jr., 26, of Lower River Road, Porter, will be sentenced April 22 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Defense attorney Herbert L. Greenman said Ashley likely will receive 24 to 30 months in federal court for violating supervised release for possession of a rifle in relation to drug dealing, but the county sentence will run simultaneously, and longer, than that.

Ashley was arrested Oct. 31, 2014, when he collected a box containing about three kilograms of cocaine off the porch of a home on Fourth Street in the Falls. The homeowner had no involvement and had no idea what was coming in the United Parcel Service shipment from California.

Ashley was living on Eighth Street in the Falls in May 2009, when a police raid caught him with three pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, three firearms and $6,807 in cash. That led to his federal conviction, for which he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervised release.