A Buffalo man who was arrested along with 14 others following a lengthy investigation into the drug-trafficking activities of an East Side street gang pleaded guilty Friday to distributing crack cocaine
Justin Cotton, 22, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine or both, when he is sentenced Jan. 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Cotton is the second defendant to be convicted in the case. On Monday, Joseph Martin, 23, also of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe said the men were arrested along with 13 other L.R.G.P. gang members who were charged with selling crack cocaine at a residence they maintained on Memorial Drive in the city's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.