For Immediate Release
Four Cherry Hill Hillside Gang Members Sentenced To At Least 20 Years In Federal Prison—And A Fifth Sentenced To 14 Years In Federal Prison—For Racketeering Conspiracy Charges
Total of 19 Defendants Have Now Been Convicted and One Remains a Fugitive
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III this week sentenced Kevin Horsey, a/k/a What What, age 26; Terrell Luster, a/k/a Relly, age 30; Caesar Rice, age 27; and Michael Evans, a/k/a Pee Wee, age 25, all of Baltimore, to 20 years, 23 years, 22 years, and 14 years in federal prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to their activities as members of the Hillside gang that operated in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Horsey’s sentence was imposed on July 11, 2019. Evans, Luster, and Rice were sentenced today. A fifth Cherry Hill gang member, Christopher Dukes, age 27, of Baltimore, was sentenced on June 26, 2019, to 23 years in federal prison for his gang activities. The defendants admitted to participating in murders, attempted murders, robberies, and the distribution of narcotics.
The sentences were 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; Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.
“These armed gang members showed little regard for life, using violence to hurt, to rob, and to kill while selling deadly drugs in our city. Defendant Dukes even tried to murder a police officer by hitting him with his car. We are relentless in pursuing and stopping this type of violence.” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “These dangerous defendants now face lengthy terms in federal prison, where there is no parole—ever. Please, put down the guns and save a life—maybe even your own.”
According to their plea agreements, the defendants were members and associates of the Hillside Enterprise, which they knew distributed powder and crack cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, primarily in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center, in other locations throughout Cherry Hill, and in west and southwest Baltimore City. The members of the Hillside Enterprise used the proceeds of their narcotics sales to purchase firearms, to enrich themselves, and to further the activities of the organization, including narcotics trafficking. Hillside members used residences in and around Cherry Hill to cut and package drugs for distribution, primarily heroin, powder cocaine, and crack. These locations included a house at 453 Roundview Road and an apartment at 2300 Terra Firma Road in Cherry Hill. Only trusted members of the Hillside Enterprise were admitted to these locations while the drugs were being prepared for sale. In an effort to distinguish their narcotics, Hillside members used colored topped vials or colored the drugs with food coloring. All five defendants admitted that they distributed drugs as a member of Hillside, and on behalf of the gang.
Members of the Hillside Enterprise routinely carried firearms and committed acts of violence in furtherance of the organization’s activities, including robberies, shootings, beatings, murders, and other violence in order to intimidate others who would interfere with their narcotics trafficking. Acts of violence were also committed to discipline members within the Hillside Enterprise for transgressions, real or perceived, against the conspiracy.
Hillside members and associates have been in a long-running dispute with persons not part of the gang, including Up Da Hill (“UDH”), the Lakebrook Circle Boys, and others. Members and associates of Hillside have routinely engaged in acts of violence, including murder, directed at members of these rival organizations, or persons who happen to be located on territory controlled by these rival organizations. The defendants all knew that these acts of violence, including the homicides, were committed by Hillside members and associates. For example, Horsey, Luster, Rice, and Evans all admitted that they participated in, or were present at shootings, generally of individuals whom they and their fellow Hillside members believed to be rival gang members. Dukes admitted participating in a murder, the attempted murder of a police officer (after he attempted to hit the officer with his car), and two shootings.
According to the ATF, a reward of $10,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of the final defendant in this case, fugitive Deaven Raeshawn Cherry, a/k/a Gotti, age 22, of Baltimore, who is charged federally with drug and racketeering conspiracies, including murders. He is actively being sought by ATF Baltimore Special Agents and the U.S. Marshals Service and should be considered armed and dangerous. Law enforcement believes he is likely still in Baltimore City or the counties surrounding it. Anyone with information should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS, ATFtips@atf.gov, text “ATFBAL” to 63975, or contact ATF via the mobile reportit® app. Co-defendant Travis Eugene Alewine, a/k/a Sticks, age 27, of Baltimore, who had been a fugitive for two years, was arrested on May 23, 2019, after law enforcement received a tip as to his whereabouts.
This case was made possible by investigative leads generated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. For more information on NIBIN, visit https://www.atf.gov/firearms/national-integrated-ballistic-information-network-nibin.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the ATF, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia C. McLane and Michael C. Hanlon, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
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