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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man explained his continued involvement in drug dealing Thursday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sent him to state prison.

“Why are you still committing crimes?” Murphy asked Eric D. Hawkins, 44, of Cudaback Avenue.

“I have 13 kids,” Hawkins answered. Defense attorney Philip Dabney said there are multiple mothers.

“You don’t get it. You can’t use and possess drugs. You can’t use it as a get-rich-quick scheme,” Murphy said before giving Hawkins two years behind bars for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hawkins already has served a little over a year on the charge.

He was arrested Feb. 10, 2012, when a parole officer visited his home and found cocaine, marijuana and assorted painkillers.