SANTA CRUZ

Eight arrested in prostitution sting

Santa Cruz County authorities arrested three men and five women in a prostitution sting in the Lower Ocean area of Santa Cruz on Friday night. They also seized a meth pipe, meth and heroin, and found a 17-year-old suspected prostitute from Stockton.

The Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force and County Narcotics Task Force sent undercover officers to several streets, said Mario Sulay, the commander of both task forces.

Authorities posed as prostitutes and caught three suspected johns in separate actions. Sulay said the suspects do not appear to know each other. Authorities also posed as johns and talked to suspected prostitutes.

Sulay said gangs have tried to rotate their prostitution operations around the state to try to avoid local law enforcement.

-- Stephen Baxter, Staff



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