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Man who received $60,000 pot shipment pleads guilty

LOCKPORT - A Cambria man who received a package containing more than 50 pounds of marijuana in the mail last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge that could send him to state prison for as long as 5 1/2 years.

However, Jerry L. Alcorn, 58, can avoid that fate if he succeeds in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III assigned Alcorn to the two-year program over the objections of the prosecution.

Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said the 50 pounds of pot Alcorn received Aug. 3, 2015, at his Ridge Road home has a street value of at least $60,000.

Defense attorney Robert Viola said at a previous court appearance that Alcorn, who admitted to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, is legally blind and smokes marijuana to deal with the pain from a past accident that has left him fully disabled. Alcorn has been on Social Security disability for three years.

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