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11 arrested in Cumberland County prostitution bust

Posted August 4, 2015

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— Eleven people were arrested Friday following an undercover operation to crack down on an increased trend of prostitution and human trafficking.

Three women and one man were charged with solicitation of prostitution, and all received secured bonds for their release. Seven additional men were charged with patronizing a prostitute after soliciting undercover officers.

All men were released with the exception of Laquan Wade, 39, who was arrested and taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center on an additional charge of possession of heroin. Wade remains in jail as of Tuesday evening.

The arrests were made as part of a joint operation between the Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office, the Fayetteville Police Department, the Hope Mills Police Department and the Office of Homeland Security. The focus of Friday’s operation, which took place in the Gillespie Street area, was primarily on men who solicit sex from prostitutes in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

Arrested were:

Maria Perez, 49, of 2354 Cumberland Gap Drive

Amy Smith, 43, who was listed as homeless

Thomas Farmer, 27, of 1540 S. Eastern Blvd.

Latonya Crew, 36, of 2293 Carbine St.

Marvin Orlando Ramirez, 30, of 312 W. Lionfish Court

Linwood Dixon, 30, of 550 Minor St.

Thomas Douglas, 49, of 506 Grace Ave.

Patrick Locklear, 47, of 3953 Nashville Drive


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  • Sam Adams Aug 5, 2015
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    I have to agree. Prostitution has been around thousands of years and always will be. I certainly do not support any kind of human trafficking, but if a grown adult chooses to be a prostitute then that should be his/her decision. It is beyond naïve to believe that LEO's efforts do anything to stop prostitution. ITs always existed and always will. That's just a fact of life.

  • Paul Jones Aug 5, 2015
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    It should be. Nobody's wants their daughter growing up to take up that profession, but the fact is and always has been that some do. Many countries do make it legal, as does Nevada here in the US. When regulated, it's safer for everyone: women must have health checks and can get police protection from ill-behaving men. I've been told that legalizing it has, in some instances, reduced drug use and violent crimes (especially rape).

  • Michael Dover Aug 5, 2015
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    Why does the headline read 11 people arrested but only 9 people listed? Were the other 2 properly connected? Don't name the women who are just trying to make a living without naming all the ones soliciting them.

  • Jae'lin Crowder Aug 4, 2015
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    Because of the AIDS,lol.Get checked out Stew.

  • Rob Creekmore Aug 4, 2015
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    Why isn't prostitution legal and regulated?