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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Monday, October 16, 2017

Juries Convict Two Schuele Boys Gang Members Following Back-To-Back Trials In Federal Court

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that following back-to-back jury trials completed in federal court in Buffalo late last week,  two members of the Schuele Boys Gang, Aaron Hicks and Roderick Arrington, both of Buffalo, NY, were convicted of crimes arising out of their involvement with that gang. On September 25, 2017, Schuele Boys Gang member Roderick Arrington was convicted on multiple counts including RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Arrington shot and killed Quincy Balance on August 30, 2012. While Arrington was originally charged together with Hicks, Hicks’s case was severed from Arrington’s, and following Arrington’s trial, another jury heard Hicks’s case and convicted him of the charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Marcel Worthy, a third Schuele Boys Gang member charged with Arrington and Hicks, was also recently convicted, upon his plea of guilty, for his role in the death of 16-year-old Kevin Gray in December 2006.  

In both cases, the trials were conducted and the convictions obtained by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Parisi and Wei Xiang. While the jury in Arrington’s trial acquitted him of several counts with which he was charged and the jury in Hicks’s trial acquitted Hicks of one and was unable to reach a verdict on another of the counts against him, Arrington, like Worthy, is facing a maximum possible sentence of life in prison, while Hicks is facing 10 years in prison.

The Schuele Boys Gang, which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, was responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana. Hicks, Arrington and Worthy are three of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members and associates arrested in this case. To date, 27 of the 28 defendants arrested have been convicted.

Additionally, convicted by guilty plea was one of the gang’s major cocaine and marijuana suppliers, Julio Contreras of Mission, TX. Contreras sent millions of dollars’ worth of drugs to Buffalo, and firearms and ammunition to Mexico.  On November 6, 2011, Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Schuele Boys member Letorrance Travis and two representatives/couriers of Contreras. Agents recovered approximately 24 kilograms of cocaine that had been delivered to or were destined for the Schuele Boys enterprise.  Agents also seized approximately $170,000 in U.S. currency from 34 Crossman Avenue in Buffalo. These funds were proceeds of the Schuele Boys’ cocaine trafficking.  Contreras and Travis were both convicted of racketeering conspiracy and face a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

The verdicts are the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy. Additional assistance was provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, the Edinboro University Police Department in Pennsylvania, the West Tennessee Judicial Drug Task Force, the City of McAllen, Texas Police Department, HSI Harlingen, Texas, and the FBI offices in Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi.

Updated October 17, 2017