Beaumont police arrest nine for prostitution

Beaumont police arrest nine for prostitution

Officers with the Beaumont Police Department Narcotics and Special Assignments Unit (SAU) made nine arrests for prostitution throughout the city on Oct. 6, reports Sgt. Cody Guedry. The operation targeted problem areas involving prostitution complaints. Two of the nine cases were upgraded due to previous convictions.

"Prostitution will not be tolerated, and we urge the public to please contact us if this is going on," Guedry stated in a news release. 

To report a crime and remain anonymous, callers may contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

The following suspects were arrested for prostitution Oct. 6:

Chasity Upton, age 34, Miranda Kellogg, age 30, Hazel Wilridge, age 59, Kristin Maldonado, age 33, Deborah Buller, age 19, Naomi Uribe, age 20, Deandra Griffin, age 30, Mary Martinez, age 38 and Sabrina Hawkins, age 30.

May 20, 2015, more than 100 officers from various law enforcement agencies converged upon 11th Street near the Interstate 10 corridor in an attempt to combat crime in the area, a hotbed of illicit activity, particularly involving narcotics and prostitution. Approximately 90 suspects were arrested on a variety of charges on that date. 

Preceding the May 2015 operation, officers arrested nine people, three females and six males, for solicitation around 11th Street and Interstate 10 on Oct. 24, 2014.

Following the most recent prostitution round-up Oct. 6, BPD Chief Jimmy Singletary told The Examiner the officers were "doing maintenance" in an ongoing effort to keep prostitution out of the city and prostitutes off the streets. He said there is still criminal activity around the 11th Street/Interstate 10 area, but it is more dispersed since the May 2015 round-up. 

"They branched out," Singletary said of the suspected prostitutes and drug peddlers who once gathered around 11th and I-10. "The officers ended up making arrests all over the city."

Sgt. Guedry agreed, and said the crime around 11th and I-10 has declined somewhat but "hasn't gone away."