Howard operation nets prostitution and drug arrests

CRIME WATCH

July 22, 2006|By JORGE VALENCIA

Howard County police have made 25 prostitution and drug arrests after a monthlong operation in the areas of North Laurel, Jessup and Elkridge.

Police said the operation started June 7 in response to complaints from residents and businesses along U.S. 1.

Female plainclothes officers were placed in areas mentioned in the complaints. Suspects who made offers for sex were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Male officers in plain clothes drove through the targeted areas in unmarked cars, arresting those who offered sex for money.

Detectives also found suspects through Web sites where women offered sexual services for money and then arranged meetings. Suspects who showed up for a meeting and offered sex for money were arrested. Most arrests were made on U.S. 1.

Since the operation started, Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman said, "We've seen on the Internet that women are warning other women not to offer services in Howard County because police are very active here." Police said seven of the suspects were arrested in drug-related charges during the investigation.

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