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One Schuele Boys member convicted, another pleads guilty

One member of the Schuele Boys gang was convicted of a drug charge and another pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in federal court, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said Thursday.

Tywone Smothers, 36, of Buffalo, who had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to two years on probation and four months of home detention by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, said that between June 2013 and July 2014, Smothers conspired with Damario James and others to distribute marijuana in Buffalo.

In a related case, Xavier Hill, 43, also of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Prosecutors said that on numerous occasions, Hill purchased cocaine from Schuele Boy member Michael Robertson. Hill will be sentenced by Arcara on March 24.

Smothers and Hill are two of 28 Schuele Boys gang members, associates and other individuals arrested in a wide-ranging federal probe. So far, 16 of the defendants have been convicted.