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3 arrested in ‘john sting’ in Castaic

Posted: March 10, 2014 4:56 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2014 4:56 p.m.

A 12-hour “john sting” in Castaic during the weekend netted three men arrested on prostitution-related charges, officials said Monday.

The sting was conducted in Castaic due to its heavy traffic off Interstate 5, “which is an artery of travel for both legal and illegal activities such as narcotics and human trafficking/smuggling throughout the state,” Deputy Josh Dubin said in a news release issued Monday.

Women deputies posed as prostitutes during the sting, with men deputies posing undercover as “johns,” or those who hire prostitutes, Dubin said. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department vice and major crimes details participated.

“Another aspect of the mission was an attempt to identify any victims of human trafficking who have been forced into prostitution,” Dubin said. No trafficking-related arrests were reported.

“Sometimes the crimes are committed by (those) traveling through the area, and other times by persons who are attracted by the crime potential of the major trucking operations and the transitory nature of trucking,” Dubin said.

Arrested in Friday’s “john sting” were Tony Wayne Alvarez of Bakersfield, an oil rigger; Ricardo Jimenez Meza of Bakersfield, also an oil rigger; and Leonid M. Kinchak of Massachusetts, a truck driver.

All three men were transported to and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and have pending court dates.




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