[166 A.D.2d 612 Page 612] The defendant was charged under the last count of a four-count indictment with acting in concert with one Scott Wright in
the sale of one-half kilo of cocaine to undercover police officers on October 23, 1987. A third participant in the sale escaped
with the cocaine. Wright, who testified at the defendant's trial, pleaded guilty under this fourth count of the indictment
charging him with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance
in the first degree to cover the entire indictment, which included three other sales by Wright to the undercover officer.
The defendant's defense was that he was merely an innocent bystander who was wrongly arrested. His chief contention on appeal
is that the trial court erred in admitting evidence that he had supplied narcotics on previous occasions to his accomplice