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

Monday, September 12, 2016

LRGP Gang Member Sentenced On Rico And Crack Cocaine Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dayshawn Brazier, 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 140 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Joel L. Violanti, who handled the case, Brazier was a member of L.R.G.P., a violent street gang named after the East Side streets of Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter. The defendant sold crack cocaine from a “trap house” on Sobieski Street in Buffalo utilized by gang members. The house was run by Brazier’s cousin and L.R.G.P. leader Dewayne Gray who was sentenced to 188 months in prison on September 9, 2016.

The defendant is one of 19 L.R.G.P. members and associates indicted and convicted in this case. On May 8, 2015, another 11 L.R.G.P. members and associates were also indicted on crack cocaine charges. 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.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. The Task force includes the Amherst Police Department; Buffalo Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Cheektowaga Police Department; Erie County Sheriff’s Office; Hamburg Police Department; Lancaster Police Department; Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; New York State Department of Correctional Services; New York State Police; U.S. Border Patrol; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement–Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated September 14, 2016