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LOCKPORT – A man who said he can’t see very well because of a failed cornea transplant pleaded not guilty to a drug indictment Thursday in State Supreme Court.

Maurice Mackey, 32, of Chapel Street, Lockport, is charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is accused of having had cocaine with the intention of selling it Aug. 26, 2011, when Niagara Falls police stopped his vehicle on D Street in that city, where Mackey was living at the time. However, he was not arrested until June 4.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Mackey screened for possible entry into the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment and freed him from jail on his own recognizance even though Mackey had skipped his last scheduled court date Nov. 1.