LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls crack cocaine dealer and a Lockport methamphetamine maker gambled their freedom Thursday on their ability to successfully undergo treatment for drug addiction.
John Davis Jr., 35, of Ontario Avenue in the Falls, and Brianna L. Moreland, 24, of Fernwood Drive, Lockport, both pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in Niagara County Court and were ordered into the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.
Davis, who has a previous drug-dealing conviction, could face up to 12 years in prison if he washes out of the program, while first-time felon Moreland risks up to nine years behind bars. Success in the program means that their felonies will be reduced to misdemeanors with no time behind bars.
Davis was arrested after a traffic stop on Rochester Road in Royalton at about 1 a.m. Oct. 30. He told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that he had crack with him that he intended to sell. Police said Davis threw a bag of crack away as he fled.
Moreland, who pleaded guilty before Judge Sara Sheldon, was arrested June 29 at a home on Purdy Road in the Town of Lockport, where the county Drug Task Force found a meth lab. Officers said at the time that they had spent six months probing meth sales by Moreland and co-defendant Jason I. Jones, 34, who also is seeking a chance at the diversion program. Jones, of Bristol Avenue, Lockport, also faces a separate indictment accusing him of possessing cocaine Aug. 27 in the City of Lockport.