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Gang member pleads guilty to drug charges


BUFFALO -- Michael Robertson, 27, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years and a $5,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Robertson conspired with other Schuele Boys associates and gang members to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo. The defendant obtained cocaine from a source of supply and distributed it to others for further distribution to customers. During a search of Robertson’s Eggert Road residence, officers recovered $19,000 in cash and 300 grams of cocaine.

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.

Robertson is one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates, and other individuals arrested in this case. To date, 23 of the 28 defendants have been convicted.

Today’s plea 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 7.