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Prison is penalty for men who failed in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. imposed three-year state prison sentences Thursday on two men who tried, and failed, to stay drug-free in a court-supervised treatment program.

Luis M. Garcia, 31, of South Park Avenue, Buffalo, sold heroin to a police agent in North Tonawanda on May 28, 2014. Garcia pleaded guilty in February 2015, and Kloch said at the time that he wanted to see Garcia beat his heroin addiction. Garcia was reluctant to enter the judicial diversion program for fear that weekly appearances in drug court might interfere with his job picking cabbages on local farms. But Garcia kept using drugs and also was arrested twice in Erie County on petit larceny charges.

Maurice Mackey, 34, of Chapel Street, Lockport, also relapsed after being given extra time to complete the program. He had pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with the intention of selling it in Niagara Falls Aug. 26, 2011, but he didn’t plead guilty until April 2014.

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