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Schuele Boys gang member pleads guilty to drug charge, faces at least 10 years in prison

Another member of the Schuele Boys gang faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine

Spencer Rogers, 51, of Buffalo, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The conviction carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years behind bars, with a maximum of life imprisonment and a $10 million fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Rogers, who was arrested along with 15 fellow gang members and associates in July 2014, was accused of buying cocaine in 2013 and 2014 to supply Antwan Steward, Michael Robertson and others for sale in the Buffalo area, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case,

The Schuele Boys gang, which operated on the East Side, is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and a large illegal drug operation in its neighborhood.

Ten of those arrested with Rogers have been convicted. On March 24, an additional seven members and associates were indicted. Four other Schuele Boys members were indicted separately. A 28th defendant was arrested this month.

The investigation was carried out by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which draws from police departments in Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Hamburg, Lackawanna and Lancaster, along with local sheriff’s offices, State Police and federal law enforcement agencies.