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Kingsmen member sentence for RICO conspiracy

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jason Williams, 44, of Kenmore, NY, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy, was sentenced to serve 48 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, a/k/a Toop, was a member of the North Tonawanda Chapter and the West Side of Buffalo Chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC) between 2009 and 2016. Williams served in various capacities, including as the Vice President of the North Tonawanda Chapter.

KMC members and associates used marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances at the North Tonawanda and West Side of Buffalo KMC Chapter Clubhouses. At times, Williams obtained and supplied quantities of marijuana and cocaine to KMC members, and used and distributed cocaine and marijuana. The defendant used telephones and Facebook messaging to arrange drug transactions. KMC members also possessed, maintained, and sold firearms.

Williams is one of 20 KMC members and associates charged and convicted in this case. Williams is the fifth defendant to be sentenced. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert. Assisting in the investigation: the FBI Knoxville, TN, and Jacksonville, FL Field Offices; Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office; the Buffalo Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New York State Police; the Olean Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Amherst Police Department; the City of North Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; and the Hamburg Police Department.   

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