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October 12, 2010

First Seright brother sentenced

Gang member gets 10 years in federal prison

BUFFALO — One of the sons of a prominent Falls community activist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the drug-dealing operations of a violent Cataract City street gang.

Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny sentenced Jason Seright, 36, to 10 years behind bars and five years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine. Seright is the son of the Rev. Jimmie Seright of the New Jerusalem Reporting Center for Boys.

Seright’s brother, Jake, is also awaiting sentencing for his guilty plea to drug distribution charges after the pair were swept up in a massive joint federal, state and local law enforcement crackdown on the Bloods street gang. Code-named Operation Blood Clot, the sweep, in March 2009, led to the arrest of 24 local gang members on charges ranging from conspiracy and racketeering to drug and weapons possession.

“My office has worked hard along with our other federal partners to track and take down this significant narcotics trafficking operation in Niagara Falls,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York William Hochul said. “With 18 of those arrested already pleading guilty and given the serious sentence Mr. Seright has received, the residents of Niagara Falls can rest a little easier, and know that law enforcement will continue efforts to detect and punish any attempts to turn city streets into drug zones.”

During the roundup, investigators said they seized 10 guns, mostly shotguns and rifles, more than a pound of crack and powdered cocaine, some cash and a money counting machine,

An affidavit filed in federal court by Falls Narcotics Detective Chris Clark indicated that while the investigation was under way, an undercover police officer and at least 10 confidential informants repeatedly purchased crack cocaine and guns from Bloods members or gang members closely tied to them.

In the Clark affidavit, the local Bloods set was identified as “control(ing) a large portion of the crack cocaine and (illegal) firearms distribution in Niagara Falls.”

In his sworn statement, the veteran Falls narcotics detective also says that Jason and Jake Seright bragged to an informant that they were “a dynasty in Niagara Falls.”

Jason Seright told the informant he and his brother had been dealing since they were in their early teens and were supplying “the whole city of Niagara Falls.”

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