Drug boss and Schuele Boys Gang member Aaron “Boogy” Hicks was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday. The 34-year-old was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was also ordered to forfeit $10,400,000 in proceeds from illegal drug trafficking activity.
The Schuele Boys Gang operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo. The gang is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Hicks was the Buffalo-based main point of contact for the gang’s cocaine and marijuana supplier, Julio Contreras. Hicks’s co-defendant, Roderick Arrington, was previously convicted following a jury trial in 2017 of the shooting murder of Quincy “Shooter” Balance at the intersection of Northland and Stevens in Buffalo on August 30, 2012.
The gang believed that Balance was involved in the shooting murder of one of their associates on nearby Carl Street four days earlier. Arrington was sentenced to life in prison for murder in aid of racketeering.
“This defendant is the last, of more than two dozen individuals, to be sentenced in our prosecution of a violent street gang that terrorized the East Side of Buffalo and its citizens for a number of years,” said U.S. Attorney James Kennedy. “Our office is determined to bring the leaders, members, and associates of these street gangs to justice. We realize that these gangs spread something much more ruinous to our communities than large amounts of drugs and countless acts of violence. These gangs spread despair. By taking them on, we hope to restore the community’s faith not only in the rule of law but in the possibility for a more productive and positive future.”
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