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Fifth felony nets Lockport man fourth prison sentence

Joshua L. Meadows, who has been convicted of five drug felonies since 1999, was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison for his latest offense.

It's the fourth trip to state prison for Meadows, 37, of Washburn Street, Lockport. He pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

After an eight-month investigation, Meadows was arrested July 19 in Lockport for having more than half an ounce of cocaine. He forfeited $190 police seized from him.

At the time of the arrest, Meadows was on parole from a six-year sentence imposed after a 2012 drug conviction. He served four years after a 2001 conviction and a year after a 2007 conviction.

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