Jackson Prostitution Sting
By Julie Straw
More than 20 local men are arrested in an undercover prostitution sting by Jackson Police. Today, Jackson Police revealed the names of the men who were charged. Police named the prostitution sting, Operation CUPID, for Curbing-Unwanted-Prostitution-Immediately and Decisively. That's just what they did.
The Jackson Police Department had received numerous complaints from south Jackson business owners and residents about prostitutes in their area. Undercover female officers posed as streetwalkers in the area, particularly near the Highway 80 corridor and Valley Street. Church Street and High Street were also targeted areas.
Over the course of three weeks, 23 men were arrested and charged for soliciting prostitution. One of those men, Joe Earl Turner, was wearing a Mason pin. He had officers remove it before he was arrested for obstructing traffic to solicit prostitution. Another man arrested for soliciting prostitution said he was a firefighter in Indianola and denied trying to hire a hooker.
"They say I was obstructing justice, I mean, traffic..blocking traffic. Don't make your boy look bad. They just trying to do their job," he said.
"We are saying we are not going to tolerate it as openly and as prevently as it has been in the city of Jackson," says Jackson Police Chief Shirlene Anderson.
Chief Anderson says prostitution is a problem not only in South Jackson, but throughout the whole city. JPD Officers say they confiscated weapons, drugs and impounded each person's vehicle.
Operation Cupid Arrests
Jessie L. Jones: Soliciting For Prostitution / Poss. of Marijuana
Joe Earl Turner: Obstructing Traffic to Solicit Prostitution
Sarabjit Singh: Soliciting For Prostitution
Baldare Singh: Soliciting For Prostitution
Marvin L. Morris: Soliciting For Prostitution
Manuel Bacallao: Soliciting For Prostitution
Bennie Rockingham: Soliciting For Immoral Purposes
Albert Lynn: Obstructing Traffic to Solicit Prostitution
Antonio Ochoa: Obstructing Traffic to Solicit Prostitution
Alonzo J. Brown: Soliciting For Prostitution
Sylvester Floyd: Soliciting For Prostitution / Executed Valid Warrant
Timothy H Tillman: Obstructing Traffic to Solicit Prostitution
Anthony Harris: Soliciting For Prostitution
Hardy B. Smith: Soliciting For Prostitution
Sheldon D. Robinson: Soliciting For Prostitution
Marlon Jackson: Soliciting For Immoral Purposes
Bernard Hubbard: Soliciting For Prostitution
Terry L. Brown: Soliciting For Immoral Purposes
David White: Soliciting For Prostitution
Bryan McGrew: Soliciting For Prostitution
Daniel Castellanos: Soliciting For Prostitution
Ernesto Figeroa: Soliciting For Prostitution
Leo McIntosh: Soliciting For Immoral Purposes