For Immediate Release
Cherry Hill Gang Member Convicted on Conspiracy Charges after Bench Trial
Baltimore, Maryland –Lamont Jones, a/k/a “Butt Juice,” age 25, of Baltimore, was convicted today of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with his gang activities as a member of the Up Da Hill (UDH) organization, which operates in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore. Jones was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute narcotics.
The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
According to the evidence presented to U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III, during Jones’ one week bench trial, Jones participated in the activities 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 disputes with members of other organizations known as “Coppin Court,” “Little Spelman,” and “Hillside,’ which are all involved in criminal activity in Cherry Hill. UDH members and associates used violence and intimidation to protect themselves, the UDH organization, and their control of the drug trade in part of Cherry Hill.
Jones and other UDH members sold crack cocaine, heroin and other narcotics. During his involvement in the conspiracy, Jones knew that UDH was responsible for the distribution of at least one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine, and marijuana. In addition to his participation in the gang’s narcotics trafficking activities, Jones knew that members and associates of UDH committed home invasions, and street and bank robberies to fund their narcotics activities, and committed other acts of violence, including shootings, stabbings, and murders, to kill, injure, and intimidate those who would interfere with their enterprise. According to the evidence presented at trial, Jones participated in an assault and stabbing on October 10, 2006, the shooting of two gang rivals on November 25, 2007, the murder of a rival gang member on January 22, 2011, and the shooting of a narcotics-trafficking rival on March 25, 2012.
Jones faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Judge Russell has scheduled sentencing for October 5, 2018.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur praised the ATF, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Seema Mittal and Patricia C. McLane, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.