September 28, 2022

Porter charged with having bricks of cocaine at Niagara Falls hotel | Crime News

James F. Ashley Jr., who has previously served two prison terms for handling large amounts of drugs, was arraigned Tuesday on an indictment that accused him of having two kilograms of cocaine in a bedroom hotel in Niagara Falls.

James Ashley was arrested in Niagara Falls on December 29, 2021, on a conditional detention warrant. Police said they seized more than 2 kilograms of cocaine and cash.

Niagara Falls Police Department

Ashley, 33, of Porter, pleaded not guilty to first and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The powdered cocaine was allegedly pressed into bricks, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Police also seized $1,409 in cash during a raid on Ashley’s room at the Cadence Hotel on Rainbow Boulevard on Dec. 29, Wydysh said.

In 2016, Ashley was sentenced to 6½ years in prison for picking up a shipping box containing three kilos of cocaine on Halloween 2014 in the falls.

Ashley was on parole for that sentence at the time of her last arrest.

In 2009, Ashley was caught in a Niagara Falls home with three pounds of marijuana, packaged for sale. A federal judge sentenced Ashley to five years behind bars for it.