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Eleven Busted In 'Operation Room Service'

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Eleven people have been charged in a prostitution sting in rural Jones County.

Jones County deputies, along with officers from Maysville, Pollocksville and Jacksonville, ran "Operation Room Service" for three days last week.

The sting targeted suspected prostitutes and their clients, according to deputies.

Deputies say undercover officers posed as would-be prostitutes and prospective clients at the Trent Motel in Pollocksville and an undisclosed location in Maysville.

Most of the eleven men and women arrested were charged with solicitation, some other men were arrested when deputies say they showed up to pay for sex.

Those arrested were:

• Ashley Deanna Velez, 22 of 8293 Hwy 55 New Bern, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance and Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Secured.

• Carolyn Faye Kern, 53 of 1100A Edgewater Place, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with Aid and Abet Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

• Daniel Duncan, 30 of 401 Ridgeway Lane, Holly Ridge, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

• Deanna Reese Covington, 47 of 105 Mill Pond Rd., Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution and Attempted Crime Against Nature. Bond: $500 Unsecured/$500 Secured.

• Dylan Axle Holton, 21 of 403 Clyde Drive, Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution and Solicit Crime Against Nature. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

• James Walton Williams, 30 of 8293 Hwy 55 New Bern, was arrested and charged with Aid and Abet Prostitution, No Operators License and Unsealed Wine/Liquor in Passenger Area. Bond: $3,000 Secured.

• Jennifer Jo Neiger, 47 of 117A Zack Circle, Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $2,000 Secured.

• Maurice Edwin Kern, 62 of 1100A Edgewater Place, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Probation Violation, and Aid and Abet Prostitution. Bond: $15,000 Secured. (Registered Sex Offender)

• Michael Hubert Harris, 51 of 20A Merry Lane, Greenville, was arrested and charged with two counts of Solicit for Prostitution and two counts of Solicit Crime Against Nature. Bond: $2,000 Secured.

• Valerie Amanda Murray AKA Dreamer Laletha Murrell, 27 of 501A Bridges Street, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $3,000 Unsecured. (Additional Charges Pending)

• Venita Jean Parker, 53 of 884 Roberts Rd. Lot 36, Newport, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $3,000 Unsecured.


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