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Suspected gang member charged in two murders, 10 others in custody

A suspected member of a street gang with roots at the Towne Gardens housing complex is being charged with two murders, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Dalvon Curry, one of 11 people arrested as part of a new federal indictment, is accused of taking part in the 2015 murder of Jaquan Sullivan and the 2017 killing of Xavier Wines.

The indictment also names other suspected members and associates of the CBL or BFL gang, which went by both names, and details numerous allegations of murder, attempted murder, drug dealing, robbery and witness intimidation.

Investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, the gang is believed to have formed in 2009 and used Towne Gardens as its base of operations.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said the gang, now charged with being a criminal enterprise, was bold enough to produce videos documenting its drug dealing and use of violence.

"They produced rap videos in and around the enterprise territory," Kennedy said of the Towne Gardens neighborhood.

He said many gang members lived in the housing complex and sold drugs – heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine – out of their homes.

The indictment also claims the gang used violence and intimidation to threaten witnesses who might otherwise cooperate with law enforcement.

The new charges also implicate Larell Watkins, another suspected member of the CBL or BFL gang, in one of the two murders. Authorities did not indicate what the initials might stand for.

"Eleven gang members are in custody," said Gary Loeffert, special agent in charge of the FBI in Buffalo. "One is still at large."

The FBI and Buffalo police are asking people with information about Rashad Rose, 23, to contact them.

Mayor Byron W. Brown appeared with law enforcement officials at an afternoon news conference in front of Towne Gardens and praised the agencies involved in the gang crackdown.

"Tonight, every resident of the Towne Gardens community can sleep more easily," he said.

At the same news conference Thursday, the FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of another suspect in an unrelated murder on July 2 on Grape Street. Police already have made one arrest in that case, in which a toddler and his grandmother were killed and two others were wounded, and prosecutors said at the time that they believed others were involved.

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