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December 10, 2015

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced on Drug Charge; Another Defendant Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tywone Smothers, 36, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to two years’ probation and four months home detention by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Smothers conspired with Damario James and others to distribute marijuana in the City of Buffalo.

In a related case, Xavier Hill, 43, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. On numerous occasions, Hill purchased cocaine from Schuele Boy member Michael Robertson.

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.

Smothers and Hill are two of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested in this case. To date, 16 of the defendants have been convicted.

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.

Today’s sentenced and plea are 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.

Xavier Hill will be sentenced on March 24, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

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