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Judge questions cocaine dealer’s ability to get clean

LOCKPORT – A man who pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine with the intention of selling it was warned by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon that he needs to change his attitude with a potential nine-year prison term hanging over his head.

Lametrius J. Gibson Sr., 29, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, was living on South Street in Lockport Oct. 22, when police raided his apartment and seized cocaine. Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said the plea deal involved agreeing not to seek indictments against Gibson for two other drug sales.

At an April 6 court appearance, Gibson, who had to forfeit $472 seized in the raid, told Sheldon he’s been using cocaine for 10 years. Wednesday, he said he last used drugs Friday. Sheldon noted that Gibson said on his screening questionnaire for the judicial diversion program that he didn’t think drugs were a major problem in his life. If that’s his opinion, Sheldon warned, “You will not succeed.” Failure in the court-supervised treatment program would mean a trip to state prison for Gibson on Wednesday’s guilty plea to third-degree cocaine possession.