A eighth member of a West Side Buffalo street gang was sentenced to prison Tuesday following his conviction on drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Oneil Quinones, 32, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Quinones was an associate of the Loiza Boys, a gang responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine on Buffalo’s West Side since at least 2006, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang said.
Quinones was charged in 2013 along with nine co-conspirators following a long-term FBI investigation that involved the interception of telephone calls between gang associates and the use of undercover drug purchases from some of those charged. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than 450 grams of heroin, three firearms and more than $70,000 cash.
Nine of the 10 charged in the case have been convicted. The remaining defendant, Josbel Garcia, is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 14, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.