A federal grand jury has returned indictments against 20 individuals involved in a Houston-to-Buffalo drug operations that allegedly brought several kilos of cocaine to Buffalo's streets.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Houston man, 50-year-old Earl Brown, Sr., supplied narcotics to 30-year-old Franklin Richards, who then distributed them to the notoriously violent L.R.G.P. street gang. The gang's members sold the drug, in both powder and crack cocaine form, in Buffalo's Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood.
A state investigation has yielded two-dozen arrests in connection with two cocaine trafficking operations based in South Buffalo.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 24 individuals have been arrested on narcotics trafficking charges in an investigation dubbed "Operation Babcock." Babcock the South Buffalo neighborhood in which much of the activity was based.