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Merrimack Valley

June 15, 2013

29 arrested in prostitution, drug sting

LAWRENCE — Some 29 people, including 15 men who were charged with soliciting prostitutes, were arrested Thursday in a “Quality of Life” crime sting in downtown Lawrence.

The operation, which also resulted in four alleged hookers being arrested, focused on ridding the Broadway and South Union Street areas of “prostitution, drugs and other quality of life issues,” said Police Capt. Roy Vasque.

Police pinpointed the Broadway and South Union Street areas due to “past arrests, officer’s observations and citizen’s complaints,” Vasque said.

Known prostitutes working in both areas and johns looking for the services of prostitutes were targeted. Arrests for drug and firearm offenses, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct were also made during the sting, which started Thursday afternoon and stretched into the evening, according to Vasque.

Detectives and police officers from Lawrence, as well as North Andover and state police, participated in the sting Thursday night.

Around 5 p.m., an undercover state trooper worked in the Broadway and Tremont street areas. She was offered $5 to $20 to perform variety of sex acts, resulting in arrests. Earlier, another female trooper worked undercover at Broadway and Valley streets, also netting numerous arrests for solicitation, according to police reports.

The following people were arrested on the following charges:

Dennis Washington, 47, of 86 Martin Ave., North Andover, soliciting a prostitute.

Victor Gomez-Paulino, 32, of 40 Lawrence St., #422, Lawrence, soliciting a prostitute.

Christopher Mendez, 47, of 248 Broadway, rear, Lawrence, soliciting a prostitute.

John Willoughby, 37, of 42 Loomis St., #114, Malden, soliciting a prostitute.

Lawrence Jenkins, 55, of 6 Wilson St., Haverhill, soliciting a prostitute.

Frank Harrison, 46, of 125 School St., Lawrence, soliciting a prostitute.

James Smith, 38, of 16 Harrow St., #2, Dorchester, soliciting a prostitute.

George Castro, 64, of 280 Andover St., Lawrence, soliciting a prostitute.

Robert Caraccio, 31, of 24 Marion St., Methuen, soliciting a prostitute.

Jose Maldonado, 71, of 18 Franklin St., Lawrence, soliciting a prostitute.

Adrian Wright, 39, of 118 Perkins Ct., Haverhill, soliciting a prostitute.

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