Monday, March 30, 2015

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Demario Robbins, 24, of North Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that as an associate of the Schuele Boys Gang, the defendant purchased cocaine from co-defendant Michael Robertson. Robbins then repackaged the cocaine into smaller amounts for re-sale in the Buffalo area.

The Schuele Boys Gang, which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Robbins was arrested along with 16 other Schuele Boys Gang members and associates in July 2014. He is the second to be convicted. Aaron Glenn pleaded guilty on March 26, 2015. Also charged are:

    Antwan Garner, 29, Buffalo
    Jerome Grant, 33, Buffalo
    James Hicks, 44, Buffalo
    Xavier Hill, 42, Buffalo
    Demetrius Holmes, 23, Buffalo
    Damario James, 32, Buffalo
    Fred Johnson, 21, Buffalo
    Ikeem Lyons, 21, Buffalo
    Benjamin Peoples, 25, Buffalo
    Michael Robertson, 24, Buffalo
    Spencer Rogers, 50, Buffalo
    Antwon Steward, 31, Buffalo
    Shawntorrian Travis, 34, Buffalo
    Andre Wise, 36, Buffalo
    Marcel Worthy, 30, Buffalo

On March 24, 2015, an additional seven members and associates were indicted including:

    Eric Sears, 47, Buffalo
    Andre Jackson, 28, Buffalo
    Tyrell Skipper, 25, Buffalo
    Willie Griffin, 25, Buffalo
    Robert Brown, 52, Buffalo
    Samuel Walker, 50, Buffalo
    Tywone Smothers, 36, Buffalo

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force which includes representatives of the Amherst Police Department; the Buffalo Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Cheektowaga Police Department; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department; the Hamburg Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the New York State Department of Correctional Services; the New York State Police; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the United States Marshal Service, the Lackawanna Police Department, and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.

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