Baltimore, Maryland – Antione White, age 26, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to 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.
Co-defendant and fellow UDH member Bryan Turner, age 29, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin on November 5, 2014.
The guilty pleas were 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 Gregg L. Bernstein.
According to their plea agreements, White and Turner are members 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.
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.
White and Turner admitted that as members of UDH they also 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, 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 their participation in the UDH drug conspiracy, White and Turner were each responsible for distributing in excess of 280 grams of crack cocaine. Turner was also responsible for distributing more than a kilogram of heroin.
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 on May 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. and for White on February 20, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.
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.