Trio charged with human trafficking and drug offenses

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Three residents of Orlando have been arrested and charged with a variety of sex and drug crimes. The investigation was triggered by a tip that an inmate of the Sarasota County Jail was possibly involved in a human trafficking scheme.

A female inmate told police that a male friend had coerced her and another woman into prostitution. The witness told police that the suspect regularly brought both women form Orlando to Sarasota to engage in sex crimes. The man allegedly kept the money earned by the women but supplied both women with heroin to support their addictions and keep them dependent upon him.

The man and the other female suspect were lured into meeting undercover detectives for sexual activity. When the pair arrived at the hotel where the meeting was set to occur, they were both arrested. As detectives approached the suspects' vehicle, the detectives allegedly saw another passenger toss what was thought to be illegal drugs into the back seat. When police searched the vehicle, they allegedly found two dozen oxycodone pills and seven grams of marijuana.

One of the men was also in possession of 1.5 grams of rock cocaine. The main suspect has been charged with two counts of human trafficking, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. One of the women was charged with prostitution, and the other woman was charged with possession of oxycodone and marijuana.

The charges in this case are extremely serious, and the prosecution seems to have gathered potent evidence. Nevertheless, all defendants are entitled to be presumed innocent until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and law that will govern the outcome of the case and for assistance in defending against the various charges.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "Trio faces human trafficking, drug charges after oxycodone, crack found during bust, cops say," Samantha Putterman, March 19, 2018

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