An informant from Niagara Falls who lied to police about buying cocaine in a drug sting pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Maurice Ubiles faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Jan. 13 by District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Ubiles lied to law enforcement officers about a controlled drug purchase he allegedly made from a target of a Niagara Falls Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics investigation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case.
As a result of his false information, the target was arrested and charged in federal court.
Prosecutors later dropped the charges once police and prosecutors realized Ubiles had lied about the drug purchase, Lynch said.
Court papers reviewed by The News in April indicate Ubiles was one of four informants in a drug case that received a lot of media attention when it was first announced in December after predawn drug raids in Niagara Falls. At the time, law enforcement officials said the case involved several different gangs, including the 9th & Wild, 8th Street Boys, 20th & Center, Stash Team and Get Money Nation groups.