Ten arrests were made by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Thursday during an undercover prostitution and drug investigation.
MANS Sgt. Don Scalia said it was a short-term investigation targeting “pimps, prostitutes, their customers … and illegal narcotics.”
Charles Antonio Cook, 38, of Buford and Fredrick Rico Martin, 42, of Athens were charged with pandering.
Alexander Tsegai Asefaw, 29, of Duluth and John Timothy Mobley, 21, of Gainesville were charged with pimping.
Those charged with prostitution were: Lisa Ann Valencia, 40, of Duncanville, Texas; Selecia Jacohl Bussie, 21, of Atlanta; Chrissy Renaee Jones, 24, of Watkinsville; and Joanna Kayla Barrett, 33, of Alto.
During the course of the investigation, Scalia said Mobley was allegedly found in possession of 2 grams of methamphetamine in separate bags worth $200 total.
“Also during the course of the investigation, Deandre Xavier Matthews was observed with a 16-year-old juvenile suspect smoking marijuana in a car parked adjacent to undercover officers,” Scalia wrote.
MANS agents allegedly found nine separate bags with a $270 street value along with two marijuana grinders and digital scales.
“The juvenile suspect was charged with possession of marijuana ... (and) the charge was forwarded to Juvenile Court for prosecution considerations,” Scalia wrote.
Mobley was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Matthews was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
All 10 suspects were booked in to the Hall County Jail. Valencia, Jones, Mobley, Barrett and Matthews remained there Friday evening.
Cook and Asefaw declined to comment. Attempts to reach Bussie for comment were unsuccessful.
Martin said he intended to go to court and resolve the issue.