His nickname may be funny — but his crimes certainly were no laughing matter.
A man known as "Butt Juice" was convicted in federal court on Tuesday for his involvement in several gang activities - including shootings, theft and drug activities.
Lamont Jones, 25, a member of the "Up Da Hill" gang in Baltimore, was convicted of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and two conspiracy charges involving the possession and distribution of drugs, according to The Baltimore Sun. He'll be sentenced on Oct. 5, and he faces life in prison.
Jones and other members of the gang sold crack, heroin and marijuana, according to authorities cited by WBFF in Baltimore.
The gang, prosecutors said, sold the drugs in high quantities - at least one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 280 grams of crack and large amounts of marijuana.
Jones was also involved in many violent acts, including the assault and subsequent stabbing of someone he called a "snitch" in October of 2006, a shooting involving two people from a competing gang in 2007, and the killing of a rival gang member named Harry Hicks in January of 2011. He was also involved with the shooting of a drug dealing rival on March 25, 2012. He pleaded guilty to that shooting and was doing ten years in prison.
The gang also perpetrated home invasions and street and bank robberies to fund activities. Prosecutors said the gang used violence to scare and control enemies and people who interfered with its activities.
There were eight defendants indicted in March of 2015 for alleged “Up Da Hill” gang related crimes dating back to 2000, according to The Baltimore Sun. Since 2013, prosecutors have charged more than 30 people associated with the gang.
“Up Da Hill” works out of a neighborhood in South Baltimore known as Cherry Hill, and has clashed with other rival groups like the “Hillside,” “Coppin Court” and “Little Spelman.”
The prosecution brought many witnesses to testify against Jones during the weeklong trial. Jones' lawyer, Alfred Guillaume, told the Baltimore Sun that all the testimony hurt Jones' case.
“We’re obviously disappointed,” Jones’ attorney said. “The number one thing in this case was the cooperating witnesses that came in. That was the crux of the government’s case.”
Most of the witnesses, he said, were testifying in exchange for something.
“It’s the standard practice in federal court," he said, "they’re looking for time off from their sentence.”
Guillaume said that he had an issue with the alleged level of involvement by Jones presented by the government. However, he said, the judge was fair. He told the paper he plans to appeal.
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