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Bailey Boys Gang Leader Sentenced To 40 Years In Federal Prison For His Involvement In Drug Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a Kenneth Pettway, Jr., 34, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta and Seth T. Molisani, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that the defendant was a leader of the Bailey Boys Gang, a violent criminal gang which operates in an area of the City of Buffalo bounded by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street. The gang is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence, including assaults, shootings, murders, and armed robberies. 

As a leader of the Bailey Boys Gang, the defendant supplied illegal narcotics, including crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana, to members and associates of the gang for further distribution in the City of Buffalo. Pettway also provided multiple firearms to members and associates to be used for protection of gang territory, drugs and drug proceeds. 

The evidence presented by the government during trial included a rap video entitled “Picked up in a Raid,” which the defendant created and posted to his You Tube account. The video, which purports to be based on a true story, contains images and lyrics related to the defendant’s drug distribution, the silencing of snitches, and the execution of a search warrant by law enforcement officers.
On January 18, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Demetrius Black residence on Roosevelt Avenue. Officers seized two firearms, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, scales, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia.

“Those who sell drugs and participate in violence on the streets of Buffalo should be on notice that my Office, with our federal, state, and local partners, are doubling down,” said U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “Last Friday, this defendant’s younger brother, Collins, was convicted of drug charges following a trial in a separate case in federal court. Kenneth has now learned that the next 40 years of his life will be spent in federal prison. Young men such as the Pettways, who insist on breaking the law, need to recognize that by engaging in this sort of criminal behavior, you are not only destroying your community, you are destroying your own families, and your own lives.”

Pettway is one of 15 Bailey Boys Gang leaders, members, and associates charged in this case. To date, 14 have been convicted.

Kenneth Pettway’s sentencing is the result of an ongoing investigation into the activities of the Bailey Boys Gang and other criminal gangs that is being conducted by the United States Attorney’s office in close cooperation with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney John J. Flynn; and in conjunction with the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the Direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of  Sheriff Timothy Howard; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.  

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Updated October 17, 2018

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