Human trafficking arrests, investigation in Tuscaloosa

Human trafficking arrests, investigation in Tuscaloosa
(Source: WBRC)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Twenty people were arrested during an undercover operation to help stop the illegal purchase of sex in the Tuscaloosa area. Investigators with the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force made the arrests during the operation Thursday through Saturday nights.

Six of the men arrested Friday and Saturday nights were charged with both Traveling to Meet a Minor for an Unlawful Sex Act.

On Thursday, 11 men were charged with soliciting prostitution after attempting to meet who officers said they thought were adult women.

An additional suspect who drove one of the men to Tuscaloosa was charged Saturday on outstanding warrants from another county.

Additional charges against the suspects included obstructing government operations, drug possession, no firearm permit and electronic solicitation of a child.

Human Trafficking Task Force operation
Human Trafficking Task Force operation (Source: WBRC)

Investigators said these men were arrested on the most serious charges resulting from the operation:

  • Donald Bryant Morgan, 74, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act
  • Timothy Elijah Brown, 25, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act
  • Charles Lavoris Evans, 29, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act, electronic solicitation of a child and attempt to elude
  • Laquea Holloway, 27, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act and electronic solicitation of a child
  • Casey Gene Johnston, 29, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act and electronic solicitation of a child
  • Cristobal-Rony Felipe-Andres, 26, was charged with traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sex act

“The officers working this detail did an outstanding job on these cases,” said Capt. Phil Simpson, commander of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force. “These offenders use apps and websites to contact and attempt to prey on minors who they can exploit. Luckily, there were only law enforcement agents on the other side of the conversation this time.”

Members of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, officers with Tuscaloosa, Northport and University of Alabama Police, The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Northport Fire Rescue assisted in this successful operation. Tuscaloosa law enforcement officers also said grateful for the assistance from the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

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