DPS arrests 35 in joint human trafficking operations

A Texas Department of Public Safety press release detailed in January that the DPS Criminal Investigation Division conducted several adult prostitution and online solicitation of minor operations throughout the western region of the Texas.

The soldiers say the objective of the operations was to target those seeking to exploit and victimize victims of trafficking, as well as to identify and apprehend those suspected of being involved in human trafficking using various websites to solicit sexual acts from minors.

Several agencies participated in these surveys, including; DPS’ CID and Texas Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso Police Department, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Fort Bliss Army CID, Odessa Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, and the DPS Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division.

As a result of these operations, 35 suspects were arrested and now face charges. The special agents were also able to identify and open investigations into other suspects.

The following people were arrested:

Dakota Beal, 25, of Andrews – Online solicitation of a minor, resisting arrest/arrest, possession of a controlled substance drug free zone.

Leroy Montes, 24, of Midland – Online solicitation of a minor.

Jesus Alfredo Zarrazula Macias, 25, from Odessa – Online solicitation of a minor.

Julio Barajas, 24, from Odessa – Soliciting for prostitution.

Marcos Miguel Zaragoza, 39, from Odessa – Soliciting for prostitution.

Eddy Payen, 33, from Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Jay Mack Britten, 49, of Andrews – solicitation of prostitution.

Jorge Luis Fuster, 36, of Hollywood, Florida – Solicitation of prostitution.

Hector Soto, 25, from Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Richard Cordova, 50, of Trinidad, Colorado – Soliciting prostitution.

Noah Christopher Robinson, 25, of Albuquerque, NM – Solicitation of prostitution.

Jorge Juarez-Rangel, 40, from Odessa – Soliciting for prostitution.

Keontay Acbuefonzo Herman Bluford, 26, of Boron, California – Solicitation of prostitution.

Carlos Flores, 30, from Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Waymond Brown IV, 26, of Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Jesse Lee Flores, 35, from Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Jaime Monrreal, Jr., 35, of Schertz – Soliciting prostitution.

Ramsey Sterling Bass, 21, from Palestine – solicitation of prostitution.

Thomas Matthew Fricke, 48, of Midland – Solicitation of prostitution.

Paul Davis Clark, 46, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Soliciting prostitution.

Steven Mata, 30, of Midland – Soliciting prostitution.

Luis Ramiro Gonzalez, 25, of Midland – Solicitation of prostitution.

Juan Silva III, 25, of McAllen – solicitation of prostitution.

Steven Anthony Pacheco, 42, from Odessa – solicitation of prostitution.

Joshua Daniel Rochelle, 40, of Big Spring – solicitation of prostitution.

Guy Rock Hutson Jr., 41, of Odessa – Soliciting prostitution.

Miguel Hinojoza, 27, of Andrews – solicitation of prostitution.

Eli Martin Castro, 44, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Erick Torres, 33, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Isaac Anthony West, 21, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Christopher Reza, 36, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Nathanial Charles, 49, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Alexandro Beato Torres, 45, of El Paso – Soliciting prostitution.

Gilbert Kieth Martinez, 37, of El Paso – Solicitation of prostitution, possession of controlled substance PG1 over 1g less than 4g.

Benjamin Bernard Atkins JR, 28, of Pensacola, Florida – Solicitation of prostitution.

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