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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man risked up to nine years in prison Thursday as he entered the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment following his guilty plea to cocaine possession.

Eric D. Jones, 19, of 22nd Street, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted having cocaine he intended to sell when Falls police pulled his car over June 17.

If Jones fails in the treatment program, Kloch could send him to prison for as long as nine years. However, successful treatment means his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence.