A suspect arrested earlier this year during Operation Lockport, a crackdown on a major drug ring that distributed cocaine and painkillers in Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties, pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Coco Spencer, 31, of Lockport, faces two to 12 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 17 by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller in Buffalo. She is being held on $50,000 bail, which was set Jan. 28 at her arraignment on nine drug and conspiracy charges after she was indicted along with 24 others in Operation Lockport.
At arraignment, Assistant Attorney General Kevin Kane called her a flagrant distributor of cocaine who moved at least nine ounces at a time with what he described as remarkable speed while on parole on a prior drug conviction and while wearing an ankle monitor.
Operation Lockport resulted in the seizure of $100,000 in cocaine, $60,000 in cash, three rifles, a cache of prescription painkillers and various equipment and items used to secretly transport the cocaine here.The drugs came from Boston. New York City and Florida and were distributed through the two networks throughout Western New York.
Most of the other suspects in Operation Lockport have pleaded guilty, including a Genesee County woman accused of selling painkillers and cocaine while baby-sitting her grandchildren at her Pembroke home.