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Last of Schuele boys to surrender pleads guilty

Andre Wise, 37, the last of the 17 members of Buffalo’s Schuele Boys gang of violent East Side drug dealers to surrender during a massive crackdown on the gang two years ago, has pleaded guilty.

Wise pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute marijuana which could result in a lengthy federal prison term and a stiff fine when he is sentenced May 16. Wise turned himself in to federal authorities July 30, 2014, about a week after 14 of his associates were arrested and days after two others surrendered.

Federal authorities targeted the Schuele Boys because the gang had been heavily involved in narcotics trafficking and violence concentrated on the East Side but spanning the city.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said the arrests were made by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which included officers from the Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Hamburg, Lancaster and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police as well as the State Police, State Department of Correctional Services officers, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigators.

That task force was assisted by agents from the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Services, Lackawanna police and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Hochul said.