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Guilty plea entered by man in '05 drug gang roundup

One of the men arrested in 2005 in the roundup of the "Michigan Street Posse," a violent drug gang on Buffalo's East Side, has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and distribution charges before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Scheduled for sentencing May 28 is Antwan Rosemond, 36, of Detroit. He was accused of supplying cocaine to Claude Russell Jr., the leader of the gang, who traveled to Detroit to buy it from him in 2004 and 2005. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $4 million fine.

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Cocaine conspiracy nets 10-year prison term

A Buffalo man has been sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to 10 years and one month in prison on cocaine conspiracy charges, followed by five years of supervised release.

Federal prosecutors said Alberto "Tito" Colon was part of a group that distributed between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine in the Buffalo area from 2004 until February 2006.

A joint effort by Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Postal Service investigators found that the group obtained most of the cocaine by mail from Puerto Rico.

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