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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

LRGP Associate Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shirley Covington, 32, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute crack cocaine, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was a girlfriend of LRGP Gang leader Dewayne Gray. The LRGP Gang operates primarily in the area of Lombard, Rother, Playter, and Gibson Streets in the City of Buffalo. LRGP was an organization engaged in violent criminal activity, including the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine and the use of firearms.

Covington stored illegal narcotics at her West Side residence for Dewayne Gray. The defendant would deliver the drugs to Gray on the East Side at his request. The drugs would then be distributed throughout the LRGP territory.
Covington is one of 19 LRGP Gang members and associates charged and convicted in this case.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division.

Updated December 2, 2016