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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Schuele Boys Gang Drug Supplier Sentenced To Over 10 Years In Federal Prison

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Julio Contreras, a/k/a Blue Demon, 34, of McAllen, Texas, who was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving five kilograms or more of cocaine, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was a main source of supply of cocaine for the Schuele Boys Gang in Buffalo. The gang operated in the Schuele Avenue area of the East Side of Buffalo and was responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana. Contreras was arrested in July 2015 at the Anzalduas Port of Entry in Mission, Texas as he attempted to return to the United States from Mexico.

Contreras supplied the Schuele Boys with upwards of $1,000,000 of cocaine on a monthly basis. In addition, the defendant purchased and built assault rifles in Texas that he then sold or traded to Mexican sources in connection with his cocaine trafficking. Contreras traveled to Buffalo on multiple occasions to meet with co-defendants Aaron Hicks and Letorrance Travis. On December 18, 2010, Hicks and the defendant were arrested by police outside a residence belonging to Travis on Courtland Avenue. 
Contreras was one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested and convicted in this case.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard. Additional assistance was provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, the Edinboro University Police Department in Pennsylvania, the West Tennessee Judicial Drug Task Force, the City of McAllen, Texas Police Department, HSI Harlingen, Texas, and the FBI offices in Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi.

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Updated October 17, 2018