LOCKPORT – A man who illegally possessed the painkiller hydrocodone in North Tonawanda last year was placed on three years’ probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Daniel P. Schwartz, 32, of Main Street, City of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Feb. 24, 2012.

Defense attorney David Gossell said Schwartz started using painkillers after a 2009 back injury and subsequent disc replacement surgery.