LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man could be sentenced to as long as 12 years in state prison after being ejected from the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

James W. Jones, 48, of 15th Street, was accused by drug court staff of trying to use the diversion program only as a means of staying out of prison, not to stop using drugs. He tested positive for narcotics several times since Farkas placed him in the program last July.

Jones, a six-time felon, had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having crack cocaine in his pocket when his parole officer visited him Jan. 18, 2012. He is being held without bail pending sentencing April 17.