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Crime

Buffalo gang members sentenced to prison, as crackdown continues

A leader of a notorious Buffalo gang has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession and distribution.

The sentence announced by the U.S. Attorney's office follows the conviction by a federal court jury of Kenneth Pettway Jr., 34, of Buffalo, who was involved with the Bailey Boys Gang. Authorities believe the gang is responsible for multiple acts of violence, including assaults, shootings, murders and armed robberies. 

Of 15 Bailey Boys gang members and associates arrested in connection with this case, 14 have been convicted. Several law enforcement agencies have been working in the ongoing investigation in gang activities in the region.

On the same day, Julio Contreras, 34, of McAllen, TX was sentenced to 121 months in prison for being the main source of cocaine for Buffalo's Schuele Boys Gang.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Contreras supplied the gang with upwards of $1 million in cocaine monthly. He also traded guns as part of his narcotics sales.

Contreras was one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested and convicted in this case.