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WEST TEXAS (Nexstar) – – The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division conducted multiple prostitution burns across West Texas in January. As part of those operations, the department made 35 arrests for crimes such as adult prostitution, as well as solicitation of minors online. About 20 of those arrested were from the Permian Basin.

The DPS says the goal of the operations is to target people who “seek to exploit and be victims of trafficking, as well as to identify and arrest individuals suspected of being involved in human trafficking using use different websites to solicit sexual acts from minors”.

The following people have been arrested:

  • Dakota Beal, 25 years old in total Andrews – Online Solicitation of minors, Resistance to Arrest/Arrest, Controlled Possession of Drugs in a Drug Free Area
  • Leroy Montes, 24 years old, in total Midlands – Online solicitation of minors
  • Jesus Alfredo Zarrazula Macias, 25 years old, in total Odessa – Online solicitation of minors
  • Julio Barajas, 24 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Marcos Miguel Zaragoza, 39 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Eddy Payen, 33 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Jay Mack Britten, 49 years old, in total Andrews – Prostitution solicitation
  • Jorge Luis Fuster, 36 years old, in Hollywood, FL – Prostitution solicitation
  • Hector Soto, 25 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Richard Cordova, 50 years old, of Trinidad, CO – Prostitution solicitation
  • Noah Christopher Robinson, 25 years old, of Albuquerque, NM – Prostitution
  • Jorge Juarez-Rangel, 40 years old, among Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Keontay Acbuefonzo Herman Bluford, 26, of Boron, CA – Prostitution solicitation
  • Carlos Flores, 30 years old in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Waymond Brown IV, 26 years old in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Jesse Lee Flores, 35 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Jaime Monrreal, Jr., 35 years old, Schertz – Prostitution solicitation
  • Ramsey Sterling Bass, 21 years old, Palestinian – Prostitution solicitation
  • Thomas Matthew Fricke, 48 years old, in total Midlands – Prostitution solicitation
  • Paul Davis Clark, age 46, of Hattiesburg, MS – Prostitution solicitation
  • Steven Mata, 30 years old, in total Midlands – Prostitution solicitation
  • Luis Ramiro Gonzalez, 25 years old, in total Midlands – Prostitution solicitation
  • Juan Silva III, 25 years old, of McAllen – Prostitution solicitation
  • Steven Anthony Pacheco, 42 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Joshua Daniel Rochelle, 40 years old Big Spring – Prostitution solicitation
  • Guy Rock Hutson Jr., 41 years old, in total Odessa – Prostitution solicitation
  • Miguel Hinojoza, 27 years old in total Andrews – Prostitution solicitation
  • Eli Martin Castro, 44 ​​years old, in El Paso – Prostitution solicitation
  • Erick Torres, 33 years old, from El Paso – Prostitution
  • Isaac Anthony West, 21 years old, from El Paso – Prostitution solicitation
  • Christopher Reza, 36 years old, of El Paso – Prostitution solicitation
  • Nathanial Charles, 49 years old, from El Paso – Prostitution solicitation
  • Alexandro Beato Torres, 45 years old, from El Paso – Prostitution solicitation
  • Gilbert Kieth Martinez, 37, of El Paso – Prostitution solicitation, Possession of a controlled substance PG1 more than 1g under 4g
  • Benjamin Bernard Atkins JR, 28 years old, Pensacola, FL- Prostitution solicitation

These investigations highlight the partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement partners working together to combat human trafficking, DPS said. If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information about this type of criminal activity, please contact the National Anti-Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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