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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges Monday in Niagara County Court on Monday.

Rashawn M. Martin, 34, pleaded not guilty to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and was released without bail by Niagara County Court Justice Sara Sheldon Farkas. A pretrial date was set for Dec. 13 and a trial date for March 3.

On May 16 Niagara Falls narcotics detectives seized about $3,000 worth of powdered cocaine, five long guns and cash when they served a warrant for a suspect who was selling drugs at two locations. Warrants were served at 1115 Niagara Ave. and at 2022 Lockport St. by narcotics detectives and the U.S. Border Patrol K-9 Unit.

Martin had been staying with his parents at the Lockport Street address and was in the process of fixing up the Niagara Avenue home, said Narcotics Detective Capt. David LeGault.

Detectives seized packaging materials, digital scales, five long guns, 2.5 ounces of powdered cocaine worth about $3,000, a little over $1,200 in cash and a 9 mm handgun magazine.