ANNAPOLIS -- In a continuing crackdown on prostitution in Maryland's capital, city police officers posing as streetwalkers or clients arrested three men and a woman on West Street.
During the sting, which began at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and ended at 3 a.m. yesterday, undercover officers dressed as prostitutes were propositioned by three men and were once offered cocaine in exchange for sex.
Another undercover officer posing as a prospective client was offered sex by a woman who slid into the passenger seat of his truck as he was sitting in the 200 block of West Street about 1:40 a.m.
The woman told the officer to drive to City Gate, a town house complex behind West Street, police said. City Gate residents have complained for months that their quiet community was being disrupted by prostitutes taking clients to parking lots there.
Police have been stepping up their patrols to combat the increase in prostitution on West Street.
Two weeks ago, five women were arrested on prostitution charges. Yesterday's sting was designed to target clients as well, said Officer Dermott Hickey, spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.
"There's going to be aggressive enforcement of the prostitution and solicitation laws," he said. "We're playing no favorites."
Police identified the three men arrested on solicitation charges as Alfonso C. Spriggs, 36, of Muddy Creek Road in Edgewater; Corey A. Johnson, 22, of the 300 block of Bestgate Road, just outside Annapolis; and Aubrey A. Randall, 20, of Garden Gate Lane in Annapolis.
Nicole Chase, 19, of the 700 block of East Newtowne Drive, Annapolis, was charged with prostitution after she allegedly offered to perform sexual acts for $25, police said.
Mr. Spriggs also was charged with narcotics violations after he allegedly offered to share cocaine with the undercover officer in exchange for sex, police said.