Tyshawn Bradley sold cocaine for a living and is now facing 36 years in prison because of where he sold it – a Buffalo public housing complex.
Bradley, the head of a cocaine distribution ring that operated for at least three years, pleaded guilty to three felony charges Tuesday, including conspiracy to sell cocaine near public housing.
Arrested with 17 others at the Commodore Perry Homes, Bradley was described by police at the time as the head of a drug network that terrorized residents.
“The sales took place seven days a week every week,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch.
Lynch said Bradley’s drug ring operated out of apartments at the Perry Homes and relied on several drug dealers, including a 17-year-old boy.
Bradley also pleaded guilty to money laundering and admitted using his drug proceeds to buy real estate in Buffalo. The houses were bought by his mother, a co-defendant in the case.
Bradley said little during his court appearance but at one point admitted his criminal conduct to U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Vilardo could still give Bradley life in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to ask for a maximum of 36 years. Bradley is expected to argue for a sentence of about 16 years.
Bradley’s conviction came more than two years after some 300 local, state and federal police raided four apartments at the Perry Homes and two houses in the city’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.
Bradley, who also pleaded guilty to gun possession, will be sentenced in March.