LOCKPORT – A Woodlawn Avenue man with a history of drug charges was arraigned today in Niagara County Court on cocaine possession and sales charges.
Eric A. Nelson, 24, pleaded not guilty to third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and remains free on $20,000 bond. A pretrial court date was set for Dec. 13 and a trial for March 14.
Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols told Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas that Nelson has a history of selling cocaine and had a prior felony conviction for selling drugs in Florida in 2005,
Nelson and his codefendant, Eddie L. Smith, 28, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, were arrested on drug and weapons charges following a raid Smith’s home May 17 in Niagara Falls. Smith has been indicted on charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Smith has not been arraigned.
Niagara Falls Police Capt. Morris Shamrock, chief of the narcotics division, said the two were selling marijuana and crack cocaine from Smith’s house.