Police Bust Prostitution Ring on Route 1

Police charge eight men during the operation in North Laurel.

Howard County Police have arrested and charged eight men for soliciting prostitution along Route 1 in North Laurel, officials announced today.

The arrests were the latest in the police department’s ongoing operation to eliminate prostitution along the Route 1 corridor. Howard County Police are continuing to utilize reverse prostitution to catch solicitors, they said.

Police used female officers in plain clothes who worked undercover in areas targeted by citizen complaints. Suspects who approached the female officers and made such money offers were arrested, according to a press release.

In total, eight men were arrested in charged, according to Howard County Police. Those charges include:

Jose Alexis Rojas-Garcia, 23, of Laurel

Enrique Andres Merino, 49, of Silver Spring

Carlos A Arevalo-Iraheta, 31, of Silver Spring

Jorge Carlos Lopez-Bustillos, 32, of Columbia

Ruben Avina-Mata, 23, of Charles City, Virginia

Aashishkumar Shashikant Patel, 37, of Takoma Park

Prince Albert Warner Jr., 51, of Germantown

Keshram Sukhram, 35, of Rockville

Howard County Police encouraged citizens to continue to report suspicious activity by calling call 410-313-STOP with tips or information. Callers may remain anonymous.

PotomacWill May 14, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Amazed that the majority of the listed names of the "Johns" are foreign, I wonder whether the demography of the area is consistent with that aspect of the story. Is the area as cosmopolitan as the names suggest?
NED Muffley May 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Laurel is mostly white trash. I guess these guys have a lust or fetish for garbage! Immoral beasts!
NED Muffley May 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
and you are what? Ape? So i guess back to the jungle for you.
amdactivist May 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
hope they checked their immigration status.. Can make any bet that 3/4 of them illegal.. The prostitutes are lucky they alive and not in mexico ..
amdactivist May 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
illegals. Welcome to omalley's sanctuary state of his new americans. Taxpayers now averaging $940 per family of 4 to support omalley's new americans also known as illegals. $1.9 billion md tax $$ a year for them while they steal welfare and work our jobs. And yes, they are voting..
Tony Clarkson May 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It's all about supply and demand. And tax dollars get wasted on all kinds of crap so who cares.
Denise L.Thomas May 17, 2012 at 01:44 AM
They don't give a rats tail of what's happening with those prostitutes it's the green dollars,nit caring about the woman or young girls who gets trapped in that life,or no disrespect some don't come back to loved ones either because the money wasn't right or they didn'treat the john right they get beaten up till sometimes they die.
Denise L.Thomas May 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
May I ask you people a question, why did you put reject on my comment,did I write something wrong??
Clifford Barney May 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
What has happened to spelling, grammar and punctuation in this country? Are these subjects still taught in our public schools? Half of the posts above are nearly unintelligible because of poor writing skills.
Catman May 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Is this America, because all that are arrested sound from another country. One writer said white trash, these people are not white!! And it is an easy way for the cops to act like they are doing something. The gangbangers and drug dealers must be too hard to find!
Nancy May 19, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Their victims of sex/human trafficking their not just prostitutes their someones daughter sister neice cousin aunt. Human trafficking runs rampid so never assume those women/children are out their by choice...humantrafficking.com
Nancy May 19, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Those females dont get a dam $ the traffickers/pimps take it all.
Nancy May 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Tim Lamon May 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
A waste of tax dollars.
ladypoet May 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It's a sad state of affairs that someone would exploit someone's child. If a grown woman want to violate her body so be it just don;t do it in other people's perimeter. But a child, all of it need to be stopped. Way to go Law enforcement and please don't give up. God truly need to come back and take over his creation. Let's see what all the evil and dirty people do then and how bad they are.
Eric wright May 30, 2012 at 05:05 AM
80% of the above comments are unintelligible. Not only do we waste tax dollars on busting up this ring, but we are a society that raises idiots who cannot take their thoughts and form them into thoughtful, concise sentences.
amdactivist May 30, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Geez Eric.. such petty words.. for being a Wright your often obnoxious.
amdactivist May 30, 2012 at 08:32 AM
These pimps are omalley's new americans.. Oh can't forget they also friends of Del. Ivey, guttierez,ramirez,cardin, viva la babs, leutke and so many other lawbreakers that have no problem saying NO NO NO to the rules like "legit id" or "lawful presence".. bunch of corrupt W*($*S.. If it weren't for the votes of their new americans & voter fraud, so many airheads wouldn't be in office and they know it!
deeman May 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
What I don't understand is they so worried about all these woman prostituting when most do it by choice and its more crime such as assults and murders that go on that they don't talk about what about that
Mike Rush June 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
We need more whores
joy June 03, 2012 at 08:52 AM
OMG — they're (they are), NOT THEIR. A lot of these people needed to STAY IN SCHOOL!
amdactivist June 03, 2012 at 11:34 AM
joy,, I see where your priorities are.. Not up on the horrors of Md I see!
at June 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Horrors or Whores of MD?
Siddd June 06, 2012 at 11:03 PM
There has to be a joke in here somewhere..... think Prince Albert was paying to be in the can?
Siddd June 06, 2012 at 11:08 PM
......or a can.....
RealJen June 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
What a waste of time and money. Many other counties outside of the US have legalized prostitution. Legalize it, test the girls regularly for STDS, and tax them. Let them work in safe environments, which will eliminate a lot of the crime aspect. Let the girls be able to call police if they are being hurt or victimized. Prostitution will always happen, it will never disappear. If the cops and government were so concerned maybe they could spend taxpayers money by setting up programs to help girls get out of the business instead of arresting them so now they have a record and have no chance of a real career or future. Give me a break, the cops and government have NO care for bettering these girls lives. It's all about making money yet they are so much better than prostitutes.
G Dub June 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The undercover officers might attract more Johns if they're not in 'plain clothes.'
Lauren Holloway June 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Quite appalled to see the direction some of these people have chose to take on this subject! Bottom line is this is about prostitution. Not race, not illegals, or white trash etc. etc.! I sadly AM a resident of Laurel,Md and can spit on Rt.1 from my home. I can look outside on ANY given day and spot @ least 1 hooker waltzing down the Blvd. Its almost the norm. What pisses me off the MOST is the PIGS who drive these streets and honk/wave/wiggle tongues/harass innocent ladies, women, hell, even teens who happen to walk just about ANYWHERE near a road in this area! I'm not exaggerating! As a mother, it especially upsets me that these sickos don't even care that my 8 year old is holding my hand! As just 1 woman of Laurel among MANY, I thank Howard County Police for their efforts in cleaning these streets up, one day, and one creep (whatever color they be) @ a time!
michaelcarrick June 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Ho police don't have a fucking clue
PiNKlove July 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM
who tf fck cares if females want to sale there vaginas let them do what they want if men want to buy let them frankly if the govt taxed prostitutes & legalized mmarijuana & taxed it there would be alot of money coming n the economy my opinon you dnt have to agree but ohwell


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