Fourteen members of a drug gang with ties to the City Grill massacre four years ago have been arrested in a roundup early today by members of area law enforcement headed by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.
Three other men – police named them as Andre Wise, Michael Robertson and Jerome Grant – are still being sought.
Members of the Schuele Boys Gang allegedly sold cocaine by the kilo and shot at their enemies, sometimes killing them in drive-by shootings on city streets, law enforcement officials said.
“We won’t tolerate the violence of these narcotics traffickers,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hocul Jr., adding that federal, state and local law enforcement officers are “more than willing to take on the gangs.”
The gang operated over several blocks, bounded by Carl and Schuele streets and East Delavan Avenue to Genesee Street. But, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig, the cocaine they sold was distributed throughout the city and into the suburbs and beyond.
In what was the worst mass shooting in recent history, four people were killed and four others were wounded at about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010, outside the former City Grill on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. The shooting had followed a fist fight between associates of the Schuele Boys Gang and the East Ferry Gang inside the bar at a privately sponsored party.
Riccardo M. “Murder Matt” McCray, a member of the East Ferry Gang, was convicted of the shootings and is serving life in prison without parole.
Authorities said they confiscated 10 guns and other contraband during today’s raids.
This latest action against the Schuele Boys Gang involved electronic surveillance with wire taps and was in response to increased violence in the city, authorities said. Schuele Street is between East Delavan Avenue and East Ferry Street on the East Side.
Also assisting in the roundup were members of the Buffalo Police Department, State Police, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and numerous officers from other area police agencies.