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Two gang members sentenced in narcotics case

Two Buffalo gang members were sentenced Wednesday in Federal Court on charges of conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics.

Andre Wise, 37, was sentenced to the six months he has already served for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, while Eric Sears, 49, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on his conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, between June 2013 and July 2014, Wise conspired with associates and members of the Schuele Boys gang to distribute marijuana in Buffalo. During that same time period, Sears conspired with other gang members and associates to distribute cocaine in the city, Burgasser said.

The Schuele Boys operated in the Schuele Street area of Buffalo and are believed by the U.S. Attorney’s office to have been responsible for multiple acts of violence, as well as the distribution of illegal narcotics that include cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Wise and Sears are two of 28 Schuele Boys gang members and associates to have been arrested in this case. To date, 17 of them have been convicted.