Member of Cherry Hill Group UDH Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug Distribution Conspiracy
BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Bryan Turner, age 29, of Baltimore, to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin. Turner is 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; Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
According to his plea agreement, Turner 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.
On August 5, 2011, Turner participated in the robbery of the Chesapeake Bank of Maryland in Arbutus, along with other UDH members. Turner and others went into the bank and presented the teller with a note demanding money. Turner and his associates stole $7,305, which was later divided between Turner and three other UDH members.
Turner admitted that as a member of UDH he sold crack cocaine, heroin and other narcotics with UDH members. They sold the drugs from a house located on Giles Road, in the UDH area of Cherry Hill. At one point, Turner even lived in the residence. In addition to selling drugs from this location, co-defendant Antione White and others stored firearms at the house, which were used communally by other UDH members. On March 8, 2011, officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2900 block of Cherryland Road. Turner and other UDH members were arrested and law enforcement recovered $105 from the toilet, where a UDH member had attempted to flush it; a backpack with 406 vials containing almost 25 grams of crack cocaine; drug paraphernalia and packaging material. Officers recovered $192 in cash and two Percocet pills from Turner. 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 Turner was responsible for distributing in excess of 280 grams of crack cocaine and more than a kilogram of heroin.
Antione White, age 27, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
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 C. McLane who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.