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June 12, 2015

Drug Distributor for Cherry Hill Gang Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Robert Sanders, a/k/a “Man,” age 28, of Baltimore, today to 11 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base (crack), in connection with his membership in a group known as “Coppin Court” which operated in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

According to his plea agreement, Sanders, who is associated with a criminal organization in Cherry Hill known as “Hillside,” as well as “Coppin Court,” is a long time narcotics distributor who has distributed crack cocaine and heroin with members of Coppin Court in Cherry Hill. Sanders has also been associated with other “Down the Hill” individuals selling drugs. Sanders sold crack cocaine out of an apartment located on Round Road in Cherry Hill. Sanders also committed robberies.

Additionally, on February 5, 2003 in the 2800 block of Winwood Court in Cherry Hill, Sanders used a gun to shoot and injure an individual associated with the Up Da Hill group, a rival drug trafficking organization. Sanders possessed this gun in connection with his ongoing drug trafficking activities.

During his participation in the drug conspiracy beginning in at least 2003, Sanders was found to be responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of heroin, and between 280 and 840 grams of crack.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF, Baltimore Police Department, and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and thanked the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department and Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Andrea L. Smith, Seema Mittal and Patricia McLane, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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