Five Buffalo Gang Members Plead Guilty to Cocaine Charges

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Five Buffalo Gang Members Plead Guilty to Cocaine Charges

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Five Buffalo gang members have plead guilty to cocaine charges Tuesday morning.

According to U.S. Attorney William Hochul, 30-year-old Tramell McGee, 46-year-old Kevin Battles, 40-year-old Jerome Brown, 33-year-old Terrell Moore, and 29-year-old Nikita Burt, pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking.

The pleas were entered in advance of a jury trial that was scheduled to begin today.

According to attorneys, those who pleaded guilty were members of the "Camp Street Boys" which operated on Buffalo's East Side.

McGee was one of the leaders of the gang and obtained kilogram quantities of cocaine. He then redistributed the cocaine to other gang members who resold the cocaine as "crack cocaine" in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street in Buffalo.

They all were arrested along with five others in June of 2011. To date six of the defendants have been convicted.

The plea of McGee and Burt carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, while the plea of Battle, Brown and Moore carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.