BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Seventeen members and associates of a suspected narcotics trafficking gang operating on Buffalo’s east side have now been indicted.
Members of the “Schuele Boys Gang,” a group which operated in the Schuele Street area, were arrested last month and on charges of buying and selling illegal narcotics, as well as being involved in committing acts of violence, including shootings.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the alleged gang members were the targets of the mass shooting at the City Grill in downtown Buffalo in the summer of 2010. Eight people were shot and four of them were killed.
Marcel Worthy, 30, of Buffalo, is believed to be the alleged gang leader. At the time of the City Grill shooting, law enforcement believed he was a kilogram quantity cocaine trafficker. The FBI suspects Worthy has killed at least one person.
Authorities say they bought drugs while undercover and wire tapped gang members’ phones. They say the men switched their cell phones frequently to stay under the radar.
FBI agents say Worthy and two other gang members opened Gone Auto Sales on Bailey Avenue to launder their illegal drugs.
The bust started with eight federal search warrants and ended with authorities seizing five guns, cocaine, and marijuana.
All 17 are charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. They are also charged with unlawful use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $10,000,000 if convicted.
Below is a list of the people indicted:
• Antwan Garner, 29, Buffalo
• Aaron Glenn, 41, North Tonawanda
• Jerome Grant, 33, Buffalo
• James Hicks, 44, Buffalo
• Xavier Hill, 42, Buffalo
• Demetrius Holmes, 23, Buffalo
• Damario James, 32, Buffalo
• Fred Johnson, 21, Buffalo
• Ikeem Lyons, 21, Buffalo
• Benjamin Peoples, 25, Buffalo
• Demario Robbins, 23, Buffalo
• Michael Robertson, 24, Buffalo
• Spencer Rogers, 50, Buffalo
• Antwon Steward, 31, Buffalo
• Shawntorrian Travis, 34, Buffalo
• Andre Wise, 36, Buffalo
• Marcel Worthy, 30, Buffalo