Police arrest eight in prostitution sting

October 21, 1997

County police arrested eight people Friday during a prostitution sting in Laurel.

Officers in unmarked cars drove along Whiskey Bottom Road and Route 198 about 9 p.m., posing as potential customers and arresting women who solicited them for sex. Later, female officers posed as prostitutes and arrested men who solicited them. Three people were arrested on sex-related charges, the others for outstanding warrants.

Melissa Sachs, 20, of Laurel, Jerome Thomas, 31, of Severn and Michael Grason, 35, of Burtonsville were charged with solicitation for prostitution. Debra Lynn Dixon, 48, of Laurel, was charged with violation of probation; Frederick Craddack, 42, of Laurel, was charged with trespassing; Eugene Flood, of Laurel, was charged with theft, and Sharon Lynn Snyder, 25, and Patrice Padgett, 29, both of Laurel were charged with drug violations.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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