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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 9, 2016
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

LRGP Leader Sentenced on RICO Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Dewayne Gray, 32, aka Whip, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Joel L. Violanti, who handled the case, stated that between 2009 and January 23, 2012, Dewayne Gray was the leader of the LRGP gang, which operates primarily in the area of Lombard, Rother, Playter and Gibson Streets in the City of Buffalo. LRGP was an organization engaged in violent criminal activity, including the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine and the use of firearms.
 
As leader of the LRGP Gang, Dewayne Gray organized and managed gang members, and the narcotics distribution and sales. Dewayne Gray maintained various houses including 381 Sobieski Street, 42 Memorial Drive and 29 Meyers Street in Buffalo for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine.
 
Gray was one of 19 LRGP Gang members and associates charged and convicted in this case.
 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Office and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
 
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