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Fiifteen people busted in prostitution operation

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 04 2013 05:03:23 PM CST
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PALMER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

Fifteen people were arrested for prostitution and related charges last weekend at the Comfort Inn in Palmer Township.

Township police conducted a "Suppress Prostitution and Related Crimes" operation at the motel, which is at 2415 Nazareth Road.  It  apparently began at  4 p.m. Friday, with surveillance "on certain floors" of the establishment, and continued until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Eight unidentified males and seven unidentified females were charged with crimes ranging from prostitution, patronizing prostitutes and possession of controlled substances. An undisclosed amount of cash also was confiscated, which will be forfeited to Northampton County.

Police report that the Comfort Inn staff has been plagued with numerous types of crime in the last few months, including suspicion of prostitution, drug activity, theft from rooms and a robbery at the front desk.

In addition to helping Comfort Inn management clean up their establishment and deterring future unwanted individuals from visiting, Palmer Township Detective Jim Alercia said police also are sending a message "to these types of individuals that such activity will not be tolerated in our township."

Police were assisted by an undercover female Northampton County deputy sheriff.

Also assisting in the operation were Bethlehem Township, Colonial Regional, Forks Township, the county sheriff's department, plus the Allentown office of the FBI and Homeland Security.