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LOCKPORT – A Woodlawn Avenue man with a history of drug charges was arraigned last week 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 co-defendant, Eddie L. Smith, 28, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, were arrested on drug and weapons charges following a raid on 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.