BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Schuele Boys Gang member Antwon Steward, a/k/a Stacks, 34, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wei Xiang and Scott Allen, who are handling the case, stated that Steward admitted to participating in a cocaine distribution operation with co-defendant Michael Robertson, a/k/a Bones. Among the defendant’s roles was cooking powder cocaine into “crack” for Robertson. Steward and Robertson also shared supplies of cocaine, locations for storing and selling cocaine, and customers. The investigation utilized court-ordered interceptions of wire and electronic communications between Robertson, the defendant, and customers. Robertson was previously convicted and sentenced to 97 months in prison.
Steward was one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested and convicted in this case. The Schuele Boys Gang, which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, was responsible for multiple acts of violence, including murder, and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 8, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.