- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A reputed Binghamton street gang member was sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reports (https://press.sn/1hroKys ) 42-year-old Leslie Hughes was found guilty in February of a felony drug trafficking conspiracy charge related to crack cocaine and heroin.

Hughes was among 14 individuals accused of being members or associates of the “MacBallers” Bloods gang set who were charged in March 2014 following an investigation into the Broome County drug trafficking operation.

Prosecutors say Hughes supplied other MacBallers members with crack.

Judge Thomas McAvoy said at sentencing that he believes Hughes is a danger to the public, which is why he recommended the maximum penalty.

This is the fourth felony drug conviction for Hughes, who says he will appeal.

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