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Man associated with Schuele Boys pleads guilty to drug charges

An associate of the Schuele Boys gang Friday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Andre Jackson, 29, appeared in U.S. District Court before U.S. Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, officials said.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, between June 2013 and July 2014, Jackson conspired with Schuele Boys associates and gang members to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo.

The Schuele Boys refers to a gang that operated in the Schuele Street area on the East Side.

Federal law enforcement officials believe the gang to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Jackson is one of 28 individuals arrested as part of an investigation into the Schuele Boys. So far, 21 of the 28 defendants charged have been convicted.

Friday's plea is the culmination of an investigation by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force. Jackson is set to be sentenced  on May 25.

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