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Drug charges dismissed against Lockport man on eve of trial

LOCKPORT – Unable to prove his case against Tyrone B. Bruce without testimony from a police informant who allegedly bought drugs from him, a Niagara County prosecutor moved to dismiss the charges Thursday.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III agreed and threw out the case against Bruce, 32, of Ruhlman Road, Lockport.

Bruce was to go to trial Monday on an indictment that accused him of selling cocaine at his apartment Jan. 23, 2014. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said in court only that he had “problems with the CI,” or confidential informant, who allegedly bought the drugs.

A woman who was living in the apartment at the time of the alleged sale, Korrine Gilhousen, 25, now of Main Road, Pendleton, pleaded guilty to a felony and on Jan. 6 was placed on probation for five years.

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