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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced On Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Willie Griffin, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between June of 2013 and July 23, 2014, Griffin conspired with other Schuele Boys gang members to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo. The defendant purchased cocaine from others and broke it down into smaller packages for redistribution to customers.  

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.

Griffin is one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates, and other individuals arrested in this case. To date, 18 of the 28 charged have been convicted.

Today’s sentencing 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.

Updated January 19, 2017