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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Andre Wise, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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

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

Wise is one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested in this case. To date, 17 of the defendants have been convicted.

Today’s sentenced and plea are the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force which includes representatives of the Amherst Police Department; the Buffalo Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Cheektowaga Police Department; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department; the Hamburg Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the New York State Department of Correctional Services; the New York State Police; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the United States Marshal Service, the Lackawanna Police Department, and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.   

Wise will be sentenced on May 16, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated January 29, 2016