Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Spencer Rogers, 51, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Rogers purchased cocaine from a source and distributed the cocaine to Antwan Steward, Michael Robertson and others for re-distribution in the Buffalo area.
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.
Rogers was arrested along with 15 other Schuele Boys Gang members and associates in July 2014. To date, 10 of the defendants have been convicted. On March 24, 2015, an additional seven members and associates were indicted. Four other Schuele Boys members were indicted separately. In July 2015, a 28th defendant was also arrested.
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 plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force which includes representatives of the Amherst Police Department; the Buffalo Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Cheektowaga Police Department; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department; the Hamburg Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the New York State Department of Correctional Services; the New York State Police; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the United States Marshal Service, the Lackawanna Police Department, and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.
Rogers will be sentenced on November 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.