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Two Buffalo men associated with the LRGP Gang on the city’s East Side have pleaded guilty to charges related to cocaine distribution before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

Prosecutors charged Franklin Richards, 31, with supplying cocaine to the gang, which operates in the area around Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter streets. Authorities said they found Wilfred Wylie, 32, with $112,000 in cash at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, money which they said he was taking to Houston, Texas, to buy cocaine.

Richards pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute it. He faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison. Wylie pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Both will be sentenced June 26. As a condition of their plea agreements, they will forfeit $219,000 in cash.