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Wheatfield man admits having a half-ounce of cocaine at home

A Wheatfield man, whose record includes a one-year federal prison term for cocaine dealing, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing 0.52 ounces of cocaine when police raided his home June 8.

Robert S. Westley, 31, of Lockport Road, accepted a plea deal that included a promise from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to send him to prison for no more than four years when he returns to court April 11. Eight years is the legal maximum for a repeat felon pleading guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Westley also agreed to forfeit $1,905 in cash, found in his house during the search. Westley took the plea deal after being rejected for a spot in a court-supervised drug treatment program.

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