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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Two CBL/BFL Members Sentenced For Racketeering Conspiracy And Selling Crack Cocaine

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shameris Washington, a/k/a GB, and Larry Watkins III, who were convicted of racketeering conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, were sentenced to serve 135 months and 54 months in prison respectively by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case, stated that the defendants were members of the CBL/BFL Gang, which stands for, among other things, “Cash Been Long” and “Brothers for Life.” The gang, which was involved in the illegal possession and distribution of narcotics, was formed around 2009 and operated primarily in the City of Buffalo at the Towne Gardens Housing Complex. The gang used violence, including murder and attempted murder, threats, and intimidation to defend their territory against rivals and anyone deemed to be a threat to the gang.

On two dates in 2015, defendant Washington was in a vehicle that shot at rival gang members, attempting to kill them. Also in 2015, Washington made at least ten sales of crack cocaine and 20 heroin sales. Thereafter, on January 1, 2017, during a New Year’s Party in an apartment at the Towne Gardens, Washington and others punched and kicked an individual and trapped him in an apartment. 

In January 2014, defendant Watkins was observed by Buffalo Police Officers throwing a firearm over the fence of a house on Stanton Street. Officers recovered a loaded 38 special revolver and ammunition. On two occasions during the course of the investigation, investigators recovered bags of cocaine and marijuana at residences frequented by Watkins, and in April 2018, Buffalo Police Officers stopped the defendant’s vehicle and located a bag of crack cocaine and a bag of marijuana.

The sentencings are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard; the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Sliwinski; Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Lackawanna Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Packard; and the Erie Crime Analysis Center. Additional assistance was provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney John Flynn.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated May 26, 2020