Melvin Medina, 27, a member of Buffalo’s once-infamous 10th Street Gang, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a conspiracy count under the federal racketeering influenced corrupt organizations statute.
He faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 or both when he is sentenced Jan. 24.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Medina, always armed, sold crack cocaine and marijuana for the gang that was formed on the city’s West Side in the late 1980s.
The government’s investigation of the gang resulted in 38 people being charged, many of whom have taken plea deals. The gang was brought down through the investigation overseen by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a coalition that includes Buffalo Police and state police, Hochul said.