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GRAHAM, N.C. — Nine men have  been charged following a prostitution sting operation at a local hotel in Graham, according to a news release from the Graham Police Department.

On Friday, Graham police, with the assistance of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department, Gibsonville Police Department, Mebane Police Department, Haw River Police Department, the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office, the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, conducted the sting operation.

The purpose of the operation was to decrease demand for prostitution in the area, which has been linked to human trafficking concerns, the release said.

During the operation, the following men were arrested and charged with solicitation of a prostitute and patronizing a prostitute:

  • Jacob Samuel Harris, 37, of Browns Summit
  • Denzell Dewayne Bradley, 23, of Green Level (also charged with felony delivering marijuana, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia)
  • Derronntay Jevon Byrd, 22, of High Point
  • Anthony Jerome Williams, 27, of Burlington
  • Gary Wayne Hatfield, 36, of Burlington
  • Ramiro Garcia, 45 of Cedar Grove
  • Christopher Earl Evans, 43 of Graham
  • Jose Angel Mora, 38, of Haw River
  • Matthew D. Shaw, 24, of High Point

No other details about the arrests were included in the release.

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office provided arrest photos of Harris, Bradley, Byrd, Williams and Hatfield. Arrest photos were not available for the other four men charged.