Enforcer for Cherry Hill Gang Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison
BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Antione White, age 26, of Baltimore, today to 18 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with his gang activities as a member of the UDH organization, which operates 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, White is a member of the UDH organization, which operates in the area of Cherry Hill known as “Up the Hill” or “Up da Hill.” UDH members and associates have been in a long-running dispute with members of an organization known as “Coppin Court” that is involved in criminal activity in the part of Cherry Hill known as “Down the Hill,” and since at least January 2011, have been in a dispute with members of “Little Spelman,” another organization that is involved in criminal activity in the Down the Hill section of Cherry Hill. UDH members and associates used violence and intimidation to protect themselves, the organization, and their control of the drug trade in part of Cherry Hill.
White was known as an “enforcer” in the UDH group who was responsible for committing robberies on behalf of the group, possessing firearms and shooting at rivals. White admitted that he committed armed robberies with fellow UDH members and possessed firearms which were used by the UDH organization to shoot rivals and protect their territory. On May 25, 2012, White was pulled over while driving a vehicle with his girlfriend and two other UDH members. Officers found a 380 semi-automatic handgun loaded with five 9mm rounds with an obliterated serial number under the driver’s seat. Ballistics comparisons revealed that this gun matched the cartridge casings recovered from the May 11, 2012 scene of the shooting of Little Spelman member Warren Jones a/k/a Pluck, in the 800 block of Bridgeview Road in Cherry Hill. White admitted to two shootings in which the victims, one of whom was a rival gang member, were wounded.
White admitted that as a member of UDH he also sold crack cocaine, heroin and other narcotics with UDH members. White sold the drugs from a house located on Giles Road, in the UDH area of Cherry Hill, where White and others also stored firearms, which were used communally by UDH members. On January 18, 2013, Baltimore City Police arrested White and other UDH members at the Giles Road residence and seized cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded gun.
During his participation in the UDH drug conspiracy, White was responsible for distributing in excess of 840 grams of crack cocaine.
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 and Seema Mittal, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.