“On the night of the 8th, we went into the area on a covert status with the eye toward picking up a prostitute and seeing if we could be solicited for sex act, which was successful and that resulted in the arrest of Jerry Rios,” said Sgt. John Corbett, Supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Unit.
Officers continued the operation into Friday evening and arrested two more people, Thomas Ford and Ahmed Mahmoodi.
“There are obviously a variety of issues and any number of locations throughout the city that are in need of our services so we can't be everywhere at once,” said Corbett “The issue had become pronounced enough that we decided we had to at least in that specific neighborhood deal with that issues.”
Officers say the
“Most of the problems that we're encountering are not a by product of the people who live there but the people who come into that area because there are some promiscuous environments along the way that make it easier for them to do business there as supposed to somewhere else,” said Corbett.
Residents can call in complaints anonymously but officers say it helps if you leave contact information as well.
“A lot of times people would like to know why we did what we did or why we didn't do what they thought we were going to do,” said Corbett. “There's very good reasons for this and when we can have that conversation and close the loop, and maybe even start a dialog that's very important to us.”
No drugs were recovered from these arrests but officers say that's a common factor in any area where there could be prostitution.