According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys George C. Burgasser and Michael L. McCabe, who are handling the cases, Franklin Richards was a major supplier of cocaine to a drug trafficking organization in Buffalo known as L.R.G.P., a violent street gang named after the East Side streets of Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter. Richards obtained multiple kilograms of cocaine on a regular basis from Earl Brown of Houston, Texas, which was shipped or transported from the Houston area to Buffalo. Richards then distributed cocaine to Dewayne Gray, who was the leader of the L.R.G.P. organization. Gray then processed much of the cocaine into crack cocaine which was later sold by various L.R.G.P. members named in the Indictment. The cocaine was sold at various locations in the Broadway/Fillmore area of Buffalo.
During the course of the investigation, federal agents seized $112,000 from Wilfred Wylie at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. An additional $107,510 was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from another individual. Five handguns were also recovered during this morning’s arrests.
"As I have stated many times before, our Office is committed to working collectively with our law enforcement partners at all levels to rid the streets of our community of gangs, other organized criminal groups, and the drugs and violence often associated with them," said U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul. "Today’s developments are yet another example of numerous ongoing federal prosecutions against members and associates of such criminal organizations. Together with yesterday’s racketeering conviction of a member of the violent Bailey Boys gang, these last two days serve as an example of how we in law enforcement are fully committed to returning the streets of our community to law abiding residents."
Two separate Indictments charge Earl Brown, Sr., 50, Franklin Richards, 30, Wilfred Wiley, 31, Anthony Clark, 46, Lester Sessum, 52, John Williams, 37, Kevin Emmons, 28, James Jones, 28, Dewayne Gray, 27, John P. Evans, 28, Alexis L. Mills, 29, Dijaon Bland, 22, Philip T. Brown, 19, John K. Hayward, 28, Demario Devon Nance, 30, Kiara McNamee, 20, Erika Gray, 30, Timothy Finch, 23, Dayshawn Brazier, 20, and Robert Cavanaugh, 49, with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.