Tue January 24, 2012
FBI busts up cocaine trafficking ring
The FBI has conducted another drug round-up in the city of Buffalo in an effort to stop the flow of drugs sold on the streets. 12-people in Buffalo were arrested drug trafficking Monday.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says the drug suspects are charged with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.
Ten of those arrested are alleged to be members of a gang that operates near Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood known as the LRGP. That acronym stands for Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter Streets.
"The complaint has now been unsealed with agreeing to traffic in large amounts of both crack and powder cocaine in the city of Buffalo, principally through drug houses, which are in that immediate area of of Lombard and Rother, Gibson and Playter Streets," said Hochul.
While these suspected gang members are considered dangerous -- at this point Hohcul couldn't say what other violent crimes they may have been involved in.
"At this this point I can only to share with the public what the publicly filed documents state. The document due describe numerous instances because of narcotics trafficking but there is not any specific violent crime alleged in the complaint," said Hochul.
Under arrest are DeWayne Gray, Jr., 27; Justin P. Cotton, 21; John P. Evans, 28; Shirley A. Covington, 27; Philip T. Brown, 19; John K. Hayward, 28; Joseph A. Martin, 24; Dijaon M. Bland, 22; Demario Devon Nance, 29; and Alexis L. Mills, 29, all of Buffalo. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Also arrested are Dayshawn Brazier, 20; Erika Gray, 30; and Kiara MacNamee, 20, all of Buffalo.
The FBI says Cotton remains in fugitive status.
The charges carry a up to 20-years in jail and a million dollar fine.
U.S. Attorney Hochul noted that these latest drug trafficking arrests -- should send strong message that law enforcement is keeping a close watch on gangs and identifying and prosecuting its members.