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Niagara Falls man accused of possessing cocaine, benefit cards

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court on an indictment accusing him of having cocaine and other people’s electronic benefit cards, which Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said often are traded for drugs.

Antoine B. White, 45, of Ferry Avenue, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as first-degree criminal use of public benefit cards, which also is a felony.

Bittner said White was on probation for a misdemeanor drug charge when his probation officer searched his home April 1 and allegedly found three benefit cards and .18 ounces of cocaine. White subsequently was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation, a sentence he is still serving.

In another drug indictment unsealed Friday, Shawn Owens, 26, of Ransom Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession. Owens allegedly sold Suboxone to a police informant in Lockport Feb. 25 and 26.

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