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Alamance sheriff's office arrests 21 on charges of soliciting prostitution in sting operation


Rachel Berry   | Times-News

In a one-day operation on Tuesday, the sheriff's office arrested 21 people in Alamance County on soliciting prostitution and drug-related charges. 

Called Operation Summer Heat, the exercise was a result of weeks of planning, said Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson on Friday. 

Of the 21 people arrested, all were charged with misdemeanor soliciting prostitution, and three were also given felony drug charges. 

Those arrested in Alamance County come from all over the state, and the fact that the sheriff's office could arrest so many people in one day shows how prevalent human trafficking is, Johnson said. 

"All I can say is wake up, America," Johnson said. "This is your country. These are your kids, daughters, that are getting involved in this. We need to open our eyes."

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The sheriff's office has been awarded a $375,000 federal grant, which will allow them to hire three people to investigate human trafficking and internet crimes against children. Previously, these tasks were handled by members of the Special Victims Unit and Criminal Investigations Division.

The grant will last for three years, and the sheriff's office plans to have the positions in place by Oct. 1.

The following people were arrested as part of Operation Summer Heat:

  • David Louis Abels, 60, of Chapel Hill, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Curran Michael Blackwell, 29, of Wake Forest, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Cameron G. Burleson, 55, of Mebane, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Gordon Keith Burton, 57, of Pittsboro, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Brijeshkumar Parbhubhai Chauhan, 38, of Clinton, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Ronnie Faucette, 42, of Henderson, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Stephen Francis Forget, 54, of Morrisville, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Tyson Lamar Garner, 32, of Burlington, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Bond: $500.00 secured
  • Lewis Hendricks, 73, of Chapel Hill, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Eli Boyd Howle Jr., 49, of Browns Summit, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Brandon William Johnson, 26, of Greensboro, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Brandon Eric Life, 27, of Raleigh, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Landon Keith McDaniel, 38, of New London, N.C.
    • Charges: misdemeanor solicit prostitution, felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
    • Bond: $5,000 unsecured
  • Mark Christopher Murchison Sr, 49, of Siler City, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Tyree Austin Pettiford, 22, Roxboro, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Bond: $500.00 secured
  • Bernis Clester Spain II, 41, of Raleigh, N.C.
    • Charges: misdemeanor solicit prostitution and felony possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule I controlled substance (heroin)
    • Bond: $5,000
  • McKinley Thorpe Jr, 40, of Roxboro, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Jason Vaneyk, 45, of Asheboro, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court
  • Earl Wallace, 41, of Burlington, N.C.
    • Charges: misdemeanor solicit prostitution and felony possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana
    • Bond: $5,000 unsecured
  • Edward Lee Williamson, 53, of Rougemont, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Bond: $500 unsecured
  • Dwight Leon Young, 43, of Graham, N.C.
    • Charge: misdemeanor solicit prostitution
    • Released on a written promise to appear in court

The investigation is ongoing, and officials noted there is a possibility for more charges.