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LOCKPORT – A Lockport cocaine dealer was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Wednesday, with Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas warning him that he faces up to 12 years in prison if he washes out of the program.

Ronnie A. Koonce Jr., 41, of High Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He had been indicted in connection with three cocaine deals, March 16, May 11 and May 21. He was living on Robinson Road in Lockport at the time.

If Koonce, who has a prior conviction for selling cocaine in Niagara Falls in 2009, succeeds in diversion, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and he will be placed on probation.