Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. on Monday announced that 10 people have been charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine.
Arrested were: DeWayne Gray, Jr., 27; Justin P. Cotton, 21; John P. Evans, 28; Shirley A. Covington, 27; Philip T. Brown, 19; John K. Hayward, 28; Joseph A. Martin, 24; Dijaon M. Bland, 22; Demario Devon Nance, 29; and Alexis L. Mills, 29, all of Buffalo. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Also arrested were Dayshawn Brazier, 20; Erika Gray, 30; and Kiara MacNamee, 20, all of Buffalo.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys George C. Burgasser and Charles B. Wydysh, who are handling the case, stated that according to the Criminal Complaint, the defendants allegedly sold crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Buffalo area between July 2011 and January 2012. Some of those arrested are alleged to be members of the LRGP Gang.
"Today’s law enforcement operation is just the latest example of the commitment of this Office to target gangs or those who would engage in organized criminal activity in our region," Hochul said in a news release. "Let this and the successful prosecution of other such cases serve as yet another indication of our commitment to identify and remove from our streets any who would seek to harm the citizens of this community."