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9 arrested in citywide prostitution crackdown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nine people were arrested this week in a citywide prostitution sting, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The eight women and one man arrested range in age from 22 to 58 years old. 

According to police reports, four of the nine suspects were arrested in the Philips Highway area on the Southside and the other arrests happened on the Westside, Northside and in Northwest Jacksonville.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said the Sheriff's Office routinely conducts operations like this one.

"When you have prostitution, quite often you have other types of crimes also. You have drug crimes. You have pimps involved. You have, sometimes, violent crimes that occur and, sometimes, property crimes," Smith said. 

Smith said it can be a delicate process for officers taking part in an undercover bust.

"They also do it in a variety of different ways. They may have some decoys out there that may be female officers actually, sometimes, posing as prostitutes," Smith said. 

Smith pointed out that prostitution busts are also meant to send a message to others.

Here the names and backgrounds of the nine people arrested in the sting:

  • Crystal Powell, 39: She has been arrested by JSO 15 times dating back to 2007, not including the latest arrest. Her past arrests were on theft, resisting arrest and drug charges.
  • Amanda Latimer, 38: She has been arrested by JSO five times, not including the latest arrest. She was also arrested on a prostitution charge in April
  • Toni Kirby, 26: She has been arrested by JSO 11 times, not including the latest arrest. She was released from jail last month after being arrested on a prostitution charge in March. She was also arrested on a prostitution charge in October 2015.
  • Taylor Imel, 23: She has been arrested by JSO five times, not including the latest arrest. She has two previous arrests by JSO on prostitution charges, the last one being in May.
  • Dana Danson, 28: She has been arrested by JSO 16 times, dating back to 2011. She had six prior arrests on suspicion of prostitution charges. The most recent occurred in February.
  • Krystal Black, 29: She has one prior arrest by JSO. 
  • Melissa Anderson, 35: She has been arrested by JSO four times, not including the latest arrest.
  • Desiree Weston, 58: It was her first arrest by JSO.
  • Ronald Robinson: According to the police report, he gave officers a false name at the time of his arrest.