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10th street member sentenced on RICO conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014

          BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Melvin Medina, 29, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Conspiracy, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was a member of the 10th Street Gang. Between 2000 and 2010, Medina possessed firearms and sold crack cocaine and marijuana in the territory controlled by the 10th Street Gang as a part of his participation in the gang's activities.

The defendant is among 44 10th Street Gang members and associates charged in this case. A total of 28 have been convicted.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Investigators of the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commission Daniel Derenda, and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig.

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