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Man sentenced for human trafficking in Madison Co.

Source: DA Michael Guest Source: DA Michael Guest
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Thursday, 30-year-old Montavious Cortez Warner pled guilty to human trafficking and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

We're told that the last 12 years of his sentence will be suspended and he will be placed on 5 years of supervised probation following his release.

On the morning of April 12, 2014, the Ridgeland Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Red Roof Inn. When officers arrived they smelled marijuana coming from a black Mazda 626 in the hotel parking lot. 

Officers say that Warner was in the drivers seat and a 16 year old girl was in the passenger seat. 

Officers also found a handgun in Warner's possession. He told the officers that they were at the hotel to purchase a gun and admitted that he had just smoked marijuana.

The officers believed that Warner was not telling the truth about why he was at the hotel and asked if they could look at his phone. 

Officers say that they saw an internet advertisement on www.jacksonbackpage.com, for what appeared to be prostitution.

Police then questioned the girl. They say that at first she denied being involved in any illegal activity, but later admitted that Warner was her pimp and that he had brought her to Ridgeland to have sex with someone at the hotel. 

She stated that she was going to be paid $150.00. 

The victim also informed police that she had been involved in prostitution for about a month, and that Warner was responsible for placing the advertisement on the internet.

Police arrested him and while he was in jail, Warner admitted to a fellow inmate that he was a pimp and that he had taken the victim to the Red Roof Inn to meet a customer for sex. Warner stated that he would harm or kill the victim if she cooperated with law enforcement.

Madison and Rankin Counties District Attorney Michael Guest says, “The Ridgeland Police Department should be applauded for the outstanding job that they did in bringing a predator to justice. The citizens of Madison County can be proud of the way they work to serve and to protect us each and every day.”

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