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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, accused of selling cocaine to a police informant who was wearing a recording device Feb. 6 in North Tonawanda, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Michael A. Thornton Sr, 52, of Niagara Avenue, was indicted on charges of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Thornton was arrested again April 29 in a police drug raid on a room in the Hospitality Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls, but those charges are not part of the indictment. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas allowed him to remain free without bail.