Eric Ross, 24, became the second of the 13 suspects in a Perry Housing Project cocaine distribution organization broken up last spring, to plead guilty.
Ross, a Buffalo resident, pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base in the housing project. He faces a mandatory prison term of at least 10 years and possibly a life-term and a fine of up to $10 million when he is sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 13.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said Ross was part of the cocaine distribution gang broken up last April for operating a cocaine base and cocaine distribution organization that dealt cocaine in the high-rise towers of the housing project from houses at 124 Fulton Street and 305 Perry Street. Based on wiretaps, undercover drug purchases, the use of covert cameras and traditional police work the gang was infiltrated and dismantled, Hochul said.
During an April 3, 2013 raid on both the Fulton Street and Perry Street houses, lawmen seized more than 300 grams of cocaine base and 700 grams of powered cocaine and a firearm.