Further indictments were handed down this week as law enforcement authorities continue to crack down on the UDH gang, which operates in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore.
Antione White, 26, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with his gang activities as a member of the UDH organization. And, co-defendant and fellow UDH member Bryan Turner, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.
In their plea agreements, which authorities announced on Nov. 6, the defendants admitted to being members of UDH, a criminal enterprise that operates in the “Up Da Hill” section of Cherry Hill. UDH members and their associates are currently engaged in a turf war with the “Coppin Court” and “Little Spelman” gangs, which engage in criminal activity in the “Down the Hill” section of that neighborhood.
UDH members work to protect their respective power, territory and drug profits through the use of violence, threats of violence, intimidation, robbery, narcotics trafficking and obstruction of justice.
White admitted he was a UDH “enforcer,” responsible for committing robberies, shooting rivals and stocking firearms on behalf of the group. During a May 25, 2012 traffic stop, police uncovered a 380 semi-automatic handgun loaded with five 9 mm rounds, which matched bullets retrieved from the May 11, 2012 scene of the shooting of Little Spelman member Warren Jones aka Pluck.
Turner also committed robberies on the gang’s behalf, including the Aug. 5, 2011, robbery of the Chesapeake Bank of Maryland in Arbutus. And the pair sold crack cocaine, heroin and other narcotics.
Turner faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy. White and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement White will be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III has scheduled sentencing for Turner at 9:30 a.m. on May 15, 2015, and for White at 11 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2015.