A Buffalo man on Monday pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine.
Joseph Martin, 23, faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine or both when he is sentenced Jan. 11 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe said Martin's guilty plea follows a lengthy investigation into drug-trafficking activities by members of an East Side Buffalo gang. Martin pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine at a Memorial Drive residence maintained by the gang in the city's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.
In January, Martin and 14 other members of the gang, were arrested. He is the first to be convicted in the case, which was investigated by both the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force and the Buffalo Police Department.