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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Seven individuals from Roanoke, the New River Valley and Lynchburg have been arrested and charged with prostitution-related offenses, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers from the sheriff’s office, the Christiansburg Police Department, the Blacksburg Police Department and the FBI conducted operations Thursday targeting prostitution in and around Montgomery County, according to the release. Cyber investigators looked at websites to find individuals offering sexual encounters, the release stated.
Misty D. Blankenship, 35, of Pulaski; Tiffany N. Lafferty, 29, of Roanoke; Stapheno O. Greene, 38, of Lynchburg; Tammy L. Janney, 30, of Roanoke; and Rukhsana B. Faizi, 25, of Roanoke were charged with prostitution. Curtis Blankenship, 44, of Pulaski and Kevin W. Yopp, 30, of Roanoke were charged with aiding prostitution.
“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified a growing criminal element using technologies to facilitate crimes,” Capt. Robert New was quoted saying in the release. “The office, working with our local and federal law enforcement partners, began focusing on this trend. This operation was part of a larger and broader response to the drug problem within the county.”
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