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One of the Schuele Boys surrenders, while another pleads guilty

Willie Griffin, 25, one of the last of the Schuele Boy suspects still at large after a federal grand jury handed up an indictment against another seven of the notorious street gang, surrendered Thursday at the Buffalo office of the FBI and Thursday was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshall Service, federal officials said.

Tyrell Skipper, 25, is the last of the newly-indicted gang members still the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Griffin claimed that news media publicity about the new indictment which included his widely-distributed photograph prompted him to surrender.

Already jailed on the new indictment were Eric Sears, 47; Andre Jackson, 28; Robert Brown, 52; Samuel Walker, 50 and Tywone Smothers, 36. They and Skipper and Griffin were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. Last year an earlier Federal grand jury indicted 17 other members of the East Side gang, once considered one of the city’s most violent gangs, on drug dealing charges.

Meanwhile, Aaron Glenn, 42, of North Tonawanda, an associate of the Schuele Boys gang, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Glenn is the first defendant in the Schuele Boys case to take a plea. There are 23 others still facing charges.