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A member of a notorious West Side gang pleaded guilty today to racketeering before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara - making him the 16th member of the 10th Street Gang to be convicted in federal court.
Jimmy Sessions, 26, of Buffalo could face life behind bars, a fine of $250,000 or both when sentenced Jan. 10.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who has spearheaded the prosecution of several Buffalo gangs, said Sessions was part of the notoriously violent gang from 2000 to 2010. Tripi said Sessions sold cocaine, crack cocaine and other drugs on the West Side of Buffalo and also possessed firearms. Tripi added that Sessions conspired to sell five kilograms of cocaine and over 280 grams of crack cocaine.
Sessions was arrested as part of a sweeping investigation led by the FBI, with the cooperation of the New York State Police and the Buffalo Police Department. The investigation is dubbed "Safe Streets," and targets violent gangs.