Gang members taken into custody
Local law enforcement agencies are making progress in dismantling a notorious East Side gang suspected in numerous violent crimes.
Authorities say the "Bailey Boys", which operated in the neighborhood bordered by Main Street, Eggert Road, Winspear Avenue, and the Kensington Expressway, have been in operation since 2004.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Bruce says the crimes they are accused of include murder, attempted murder, robbery, and narcotics trafficking.
"They owned their territory because no one would challenge them," Bruce told reporters.
"Anybody who crossed them was subject to an act of violence up to and including murder."
The seven men rounded up Wednesday morning range in age from 20 to 36. They face lengthy prison terms if convicted, and one man, 20-year-old Tyrone Brown, could face the death penalty if its sought in the two murders he is accused of committing.
"Today Buffalo is safer with these arrests. You will see more (arrests) coming," said Buffalo Police commissioner Daniel Derenda.
"Today they are no longer a problem for the residents of the city of Buffalo."
Wednesday's arrests are part of a joint effort between federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, which seeks to identify and dismantle suspected gangs.
U.S Attorney William Hochul says this is now the eighth gang investigation that has resulted in indictment.