Cyber Crime Task Force arrests 4 in Waveland prostitution sting
By Ellis C. Cuevas
May 13, 2014, 20:20
The Waveland Police Department, in conjunction with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force, last week arrested four women in a prostitution sting at a Waveland motel.
The women were "arrested for prostitution after ads placed on the internet were answered by undercover officers," Waveland Police Chief David Allen said in a statement issued Tuesday. "Those arrested were Edtrena Dennis, 21, Ruby Sims, 18, and Tonishasa Williams, 22, all of Jackson, Miss.; and Starla White, 32, of Memphis, Tenn."
The arrests occurred Friday. Police will not release the name of the motel.
The suspects were transported to the Hancock County Jail and later released on a $1,000 bond each, Allen said.
"This operation was not in response to a particular prostitution problem in Waveland, but rather part of ongoing proactive internet stings executed in various places along the Gulf Coast," Allen said.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force is comprised of investigators who specialize in computer and internet related crimes from 10 different local, state, and federal agencies along the Gulf Coast, including Waveland.
"This particular operation involved Investigators from the sheriff’s offices of Stone, Harrison, and Hancock counties, as well as police officers from Biloxi, Wiggins, Bay St. Louis, and Waveland," Allen said.