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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Schuele Boys Gang Member Sentenced On Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Fred Johnson, aka Macaroni, 23, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to time served (22 months) by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that as a member of the Schuele Boys Gang, the defendant purchased cocaine from co-defendant Michael Robertson. Johnson then repackaged the cocaine into smaller amounts for re-sale in the Buffalo area.

On July 23, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Fisher Street residence and recovered a .22 caliber pistol.

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.

Johnson was arrested along with 15 other Schuele Boys Gang members and associates in July 2014. Thirteen defendants have been convicted. On March 24, 2015, an additional seven members and associates were indicted.  Four other Schuele Boys members were indicted separately.  

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.

The 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 and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Updated May 12, 2016