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Prostitution Sting On Ocean Street Results In 5 Arrests

Ashlee Ward. Photo: SCCACT.
Ashlee Ward. Photo: SCCACT.

An undercover prostitution sting last week along the lower Ocean Street corridor netted five arrests of individuals for prostitution-related charges, police said. 

The Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Narcotic Enforcement Team and Gang Task Force, along with Santa Cruz Police Department personnel, conducted the operation Friday on the 400 to 700 blocks of Ocean between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to combat the solicitation for and prostitution occurring in that area.  

During the operation, three females were arrested for prostitution-related charges and two males for suspicion of solicitation for lewd conduct.

Four of the arrestees also face additional narcotics or narcotic-related charges, police said. The fifth subject allegedly provided false identifying information to arresting officers.  

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