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18 charged in human trafficking reduction campaign

Post Date:02/07/2020 10:32 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: AnnMarie Breen,Public Information Officer
Desk: 919-560-0826
Mobile: 919-748-1475
Email: pio@durhamsheriff.org

Durham, NC- (February 7, 2020) -Investigators from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Crime and Narcotics Unit (SAC/Narc), patrol and intel divisions along with the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conducted an operation yesterday at a hotel in Durham County. This human trafficking demand reduction operation netted 18 citations on charges of Solicitation of Prostitution. In addition to these charges, investigators seized property including an Xbox 360 and games, 8.5 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, as well as currency ranging from $35 - $211 for agreed-upon payment for services.

Charged are:
Brandon Eugene Williams 21 of Wake Forest
Tyrese Roger Pledger 43 of Columbia NC
David John Griffin 55 of Broadway
Ronnie Eugene Knight 58 of Sanford
Raul Sanchez-Viniegra 33 of Durham
Moses Romero Luna 42 of Durham
Thomaskutty Mathal 62 of Cary
Suresh Reddy Male 49 of Cary
Russell William Cramer 60 of Holly Springs
Troy Wilburn Smith 51 of Cary - also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Dean Anthony Wayne 50 of Fuquay-Varina
John James Streicher 64 of Durham
Raul Aguilar Fernandez 33 of Raleigh
Sergio Lagunes Cruz 30 of Durham
Jose Manual Garcia 40 of Durham
Elias Jose Rivera 21 of Durham
Angel Solis Hernandez 32 of Cary
Trevor James Harris 28 of Richlands, NC - additional charges pending

Sex trade workers are often victims of human trafficking, in an effort to deter traffickers, DCSO and the SBI targeted the demand side of this crime. In doing this we hope to lower the chances of women being exploited.According to the SBI, this operation, which is part of the Sheriff’s Strategic Targeted Enforcement Program (STEP), netted a record number of arrests in a single day for this crime. Previous STEP efforts have focused on arresting people on outstanding warrants for crimes such as possession of a firearm by a felon, drug trafficking, and assault.

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