Niagara Falls Street Gang Leader Pleads Guilty

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM EDT

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Niagara Falls Street Gang Leader Pleads Guilty

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.--( release ) United States Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Sean McIver, 31, entered a guilty plea this morning to Engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise – known as the “Drug Kingpin Law” - before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a mandatory minimum term of in prison of 20 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $2,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati stated that McIver acted as the leader of a narcotics trafficking street gang for over 3 years. In admitting his guilt, McIver admitted that he controlled or supervised at least five other drug dealers, engaged in multiple narcotics transactions and earned substantial income from the sale of crack cocaine. As part of his plea, McIver also agreed to cooperate with authorities by assisting in the investigation and prosecution of others for narcotics and firearms offenses.

McIver and 23 other individuals were arrested in a joint federal, state and local takedown on March 11, 2009. The arrests concluded a long-term investigation of many street gangs operating in Niagara Falls. To date, 13 of the defendants have been convicted. United States Attorney Hochul praised the efforts of Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Bruce, Timothy Lynch, Charles Wydysh and AUSA Moscati, who all participated in the ongoing investigation and prosecution.

“Today’s conviction demonstrates that my office, together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, are committed to using all of the resources and tools at our disposal to disrupt and dismantle street gangs wherever they exist. Gangs are responsible for a tremendous amount of violent and narcotics-trafficking crime, and if left unchecked, will literally destroy a community. For these reasons, we will be aggressive, we will be persistent and we will be tough. My message to the members of these street gangs is simple - get out now. If you refuse - once convicted, you will spend a very long time locked up in federal prison – as the potential sentence to Mr. McIver indicates.”

Tuesday's plea resulted from diligent work on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Frank Christiano; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Charles Tomaszewski; the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent John Chella; the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Michael J. Violante; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Matthew Renneman.