On June 30, Shaquan ‘Quanny’ Robinson was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. Robinson was a member of the Cherry Hill gang called “Little Spelman,” which has been associated with various crimes including robbery, non-fatal shootings, homicides and drug distribution in the “down the hill” section of the troubled Baltimore neighborhood.
In May of 2013, the 26-year-old was caught on police cameras handling drug transactions on a school playground. The police uncovered 24 Ziploc bags of cocaine and two bags of marijuana near and on his person.
In his plea agreement, Robinson also admitted to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug conspiracy related to his membership in Little Spelman. In July of 2012, Robinson ran away from the police with a loaded handgun, which he later dropped and which was recovered by the police.
Along with a dozen years in the slammer, U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Robinson to 10 years of supervised release after he leaves prison. The sentence was announced by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Daniel L Board Jr., special agent in charge of Baltimore’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.