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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty to selling heroin to police informant

LOCKPORT – A man who was arrested as he tried to sell a police informant almost two ounces of heroin for $11,200 pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Gerald J. Kelly, 56, of Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls, is to be sentenced by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III Sept. 6 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh recommended a sentencing cap of five years in state prison, but Murphy made no commitment. The maximum sentence for the crime is nine years.

Kelly met with the informant Nov. 18 in a Town of Niagara home and was paid $5,200, with $6,000 to be paid later, for 1.95 ounces of heroin. Police arrested him on the spot and took back the money. But Wydysh said Kelly must repay the county Drug Task Force $1,500 for other drug deals with informants that were not part of this indictment.

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