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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Schuele Boys 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 Andre Jackson, 29, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.


Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Jackson conspired with other Schuele Boys associates and gang members, including Michael Robertson, to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo.


The Schuele Boys refers to a gang that operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo and is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana.


Jackson is one of 28 individuals arrested as part of the Schuele Boys investigation. To date, 21 of those 28 defendants have been convicted. 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 plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen,


Jackson will be sentenced on May 25, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

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Updated February 21, 2017