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"Johns" busted in Hinds County sting operation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The VICE unit of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department were back on the streets of Jackson battling the prostitution trade. This time it is a reverse sting targeting those who solicit hookers, commonly referred to as "Johns" and we find out business was brisk at one north Jackson motel; Motel 6 on Interstate 55 South Frontage Road.

Hinds County deputies have reason to believe folks here were doing more than leaving the light on for you.

In this reverse sting operation, the "hooker" is actually an undercover officer. Customers or "Johns" make contact through the notorious back page Internet website and officers wait for them to arrive.

Captain Nick Clark said, "Almost immediately, the ad got response. The deputy got calls and a number of individuals, four to be exact, wanted to have sex for money. Prices ranging from 70 to 250 dollars."

It didn't take long. A truck driver won't make his destination on time. He was charged with solicitation of prostitution and his 18-wheeler has been towed. In all, four people are arrested.

Captain Clark said, "They'll be processed and be taken to the Hinds County jail in Raymond and charged with misdemeanor soliciting of prostitution and one additional charged of carrying a concealed weapon."

One suspect tried to run, but he didn't get far.

Clark said, "That's what we're about. Trying to stop criminal activity. This is part of it. It starts at this level and it works its way up."

Those arrested include:

  • Arthur Brown, 43, of Alabama -charged with solicitation of prostitution
  • Darrell Grantham, 40, of Pearl - charged with solicitation of prostitution
  • Downie Stringer, 42, of Crystal Springs - charged with solicitation of prostitution and carrying a concealed weapon
  • Jason Winston, 34, of Hattiesburg - charged with solicitation of prostitution and possession of marijuana
  • Tyree Benjamin, 41, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama - charged with solicitation of prostitution.

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