After a two-month investigation, police have shut down an alleged prostitution ring and brothel house operating out of Mount Airy.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Investigations Section, FCSO SWAT and the Frederick Police Department SWAT executed a search and seizure warrant at 13134 Old National Pike in Mount Airy Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m., according to an FCSO news release. 

Investigators reportedly found three men and two women in the building, which had been converted into a "business-like setting, complete with a waiting and sitting area for the 'Johns,' along with three separate bedrooms for services," the news release reads. 

Police reportedly found approximately $18,000 plus surveillance cameras inside and outside of the property and numerous items "consistent with a brothel house," authorities said.

The operation came to the police's attention through an anonymous tip, FCSO spokesman Todd Wivell said, leading police to conduct surveillance. No undercover operatives were used, he said. Police believe the business was running for several months, according to Wivell.

Frederick resident Juan David Ceballos-Garcia, 29, and Laurel resident Luis Fernando Cruz, 23, are each charged with two counts of prostitution business and one count of maintaining a house of prostitution. They were released on their own recognizance Wednesday, online court records show.

Thirty-year-olds Yessica Alex Alvarez-Flores and Jessica Angee Perez-Nanez, both of New York City, are charged with prostitution, police say. They were released on $1,000 bail each Wednesday.

Charges are pending against a third man, according to police.

FCSO doesn't expect further arrests, Wivell said, but if surveillance footage depicts a crime being committed, there may be more.

“Today the Frederick High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) group displayed its commitment and dedication to identify, infiltrate, and dismantle criminal organizations operating in Frederick County,” Lt. Sedat Caliskan, FCSO Narcotics Investigations Section commander, said in the release. “We are committed to combatting the illegal possession and distribution of illegal narcotics and vice operations in Frederick County ... This investigation was a great success because of the collaborative efforts of each agency involved.”

Frederick HIDTA partners include the FCSO, FPD, Maryland State Police, Brunswick Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. All assisted in the Mount Airy investigation and search warrant, FCSO said.

To report information or tips to the FCSO Narcotics Investigation Section, call 301-600-7180 or report anonymously at 301-600-1318.

Follow Mary Grace Keller on Twitter: @MaryGraceKeller 

(52) comments

armillary

That whitewashed building used to be 'Clay Machinery Sales' back in the 80's. They sold used tractors and farm implements. There were a few sad looking old farm tractors there. I bought a used Farmall A tractor from the owner, an eccentric gentleman named Thomas G. Clay, in the early '90s. In 2001, Thomas G. Clay ran for Mayor of Frederick (against Jim Grimes) and he made statements about working undercover for local law enforcement and his code name was 'Top Cat'. And then in there was an FNP story in 2002 about him committing suicide. https://bit.ly/3zjPNTB

Plumbum

Sad to see people on here with hatred and misery.

A couple people comment about the waste of resources for arresting only 4.

I reply with a story about an MSP superior who wasted resources, who acted on a false tip, who didn’t bother conducting any type of investigation.

I mention retired troopers sharing what they know.

And a few here retort to replying to me with replies that are harassing and bullying in nature.

Sad.

Friday I will screen shot the replies and will send them to FNP superiors.

And the people that replied to me with their nasty replies, and the same people that express condolences anytime there’s a tragic death. Seriously. I mean, if your loved one passes away, would you appreciate any condolences from someone who’s post history shows heavy harassing and bullying?

gabrielshorn2013

Too bad you feel that way plumbum. However, you cannot play the martyr from a self-inflicted wound. You clearly said that a MSP officer planned an execution. A very serious charge! However, your well-known disdain for the law enforcement community has been published in this very forum. You also made some highly inappropriate comments, in violation of the rules posted at the bottom of this page, and got a highly inappropriate response, which was a direct answer to your question, now both deleted. You have been suspended from this forum for similar behavior before, so spare us the crocodile tears. Was Linda Ronstadt's "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" on the radio as you wrote this?

gabrielshorn2013

Plumbum sez: “I reply with a story about an MSP superior who wasted resources, who acted on a false tip, who didn’t bother conducting any type of investigation.”

Looking into your claim, I did an online search, and found the following:

”In November 2012, Maryland State Police received information from an anonymous source that Porter had a stash of weapons including 10 to 15 semiautomatic or automatic rifles, half a dozen handguns and up to 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the charging documents.

The informant also told police that Porter had a 20-foot container buried under his driveway that was accessible from his basement that he could use as a bunker, and he had placed surveillance cameras on his Mills Road property, the documents said.

The informant told police that Porter was a "dooms day prepper" who was becoming "crazier and crazier," the documents said.

An undercover state trooper from Columbia, Md., went to Porter's residence under the guise of asking him to perform some work. During the visit, Porter told him about a bunker, showed him surveillance cameras, said he had buried refrigerators on his land, and that a metal box in a log pile was a hidden firing position, the documents said.

A search warrant was obtained. On Nov. 29, 2012, Porter was seen exiting and the re-entering his home. Police along with its Special Tactical Assault Team Element then raided the property, but did not find Porter, the documents said.

Police did find five rifles and shotguns that day. They also found two more after Porter turned himself in on Nov. 30 and consented to search of his home, the documents said.

Porter was not allowed to possess the firearms due to a 1992 federal conviction for aiding and abetting the distribution of marijuana, according to court records.”</)

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/story/news/local/2015/06/25/conviction-expunged-for-accused-dooms-day-prepper-in-sharpsburg-weapons-case/44960145/

So, based on the reports, do you not believe that the officers were acting in a prudent manner? The MSP DID follow up with an undercover officer, who confirmed much of the original complaint. Upon confirmation, the search warrant was executed. Had the initial complaint against Porter been true, and he gone off the deep end, killing people, and the officers did nothing, would you have whined about that too?

Regarding the rifles and shotguns that were found in the home, that Porter was not legally allowed to possess due to a prior felony conviction, he later claimed that they belonged to family members, and not him. That is a convenient defense, and unable to disprove, since there is no rifle registration in this state, or country. Nonetheless, he still had access to them. I remember G. Gordon Liddy stating, after the FBI tried to confiscate his large cache of weapons upon his Watergate conviction, “they’re not my guns, they’re Mrs. Liddy’s”. The FBI could do nothing.

gabrielshorn2013

the remainder of the response was cut off due to a coding error. Here is the rest:

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/story/news/local/2015/06/25/conviction-expunged-for-accused-dooms-day-prepper-in-sharpsburg-weapons-case/44960145/

So, based on the reports, do you not believe that the officers were acting in a prudent manner? The MSP DID follow up with an undercover officer, who confirmed much of the original complaint. Upon confirmation, the search warrant was executed. Had the initial complaint against Porter been true, and he gone off the deep end, killing people, and the officers did nothing, would you have whined about that too?

Regarding the rifles and shotguns that were found in the home, that Porter was not legally allowed to possess due to a prior felony conviction, he later claimed that they belonged to family members, and not him. That is a convenient defense, and unable to disprove, since there is no rifle registration in this state, or country. Nonetheless, he still had access to them. I remember G. Gordon Liddy stating, after the FBI tried to confiscate his large cache of weapons upon his Watergate conviction, “they’re not my guns, they’re Mrs. Liddy’s”. The FBI could do nothing.

Plumbum

The FNP should do a poll:

“Have you ever utilized the services of a prostitute?”

AOC

I knew that building looked familiar. Here is a video clip from the last raid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZEKkpf3CU

Guy T. Ashton

Man you dug deep for that clip!

Plumbum

LOL!

At first I was all serious and like “what the heck?”

And then I caught on and cracked up!

AOC knows how to troll and troll well....

Hey AOC you are a brilliant troll, you had the most relevant dress at the Met Gala. If only there was a Troll Award for most brilliant troll ever?

Plumbum

I’m the token lead troll here!

Plumbum

LOL

newspostreader

So the guys running the show get released on their own recognizance, but the girls who were most likely being forced to work by the guys get to pay bail. Makes sense. Those girls didn't come from NYC because they had nothing else better to do.

joelp77440

This is clearly human trafficking and a federal crime. The Sheriff's office should know better? Where is the FBI? Bet you they kept it a local case to keep the feds out.

Plumbum

People love sex and can’t get enough of it

TomWheatley

Two questions:

Why did a small army of police descend on 4 people?

Did they find another small black book?

Plumbum

Law enforcement doesn’t always think things through. Around 2012 a large army of police (over 80 officers) descended on a house in Washington county. Even had a food truck arranged. Helicopter. Did all kinds of damage to the inside of the residence. And they walked away with nothing. It’s rumored through retired troopers with MSP that the blue collar home owner was not to come out of the house alive. This was all spearheaded by one MSP superior whom retired troopers have described him as “over the top”. Just one superior running the show and wasting time and resources. And they walk away with nothing.

The home owner, being the blue collar business he’s in, with valuable tools and equipment, has a driveway alert. Meaning if anyone enters the driveway, whether walking or driving, the alert goes off. His driveway alert went off multiple consecutive times in a row. He got out of the house before the brigade of police made it to the house that sits on a wooded property. Which was lucky for the MSP superior that wanted he be shot. They found nothing. Can you imagine had the Msp’s superior’s wish come true and they did shoot the homeowner? All while walking away empty handed?

As far as I know the now retired MSP superior still lives in the area. Wonder if he realizes how big of an embarrassment he made himself.

Same with this prostitution bust. They didn’t walk away empty handed. But it was one superior, probably Chaliskan, calling the shots.

gabrielshorn2013

Rumored? It's rumored that the moon is made of green cheese, and that Neil Armstrong didn't step on the moon in 1969. Doesn't make either rumor true, nor even plausible. Gold star for creative fiction however.

I can answer your first question Tom

Why did a small army of police descend on 4 people? Because the police need to justify their existence(and all the expensive taxpayer paid for SWAT gear) and raiding houses of prostitution plays well in the press and or the house of prostitution was late on their kickback payments? I mean really it took the cops a couple of months to figure this all out? Or this house of prostitution was taking business from another house of prostitution that wasn't late on their kickback payments....which is why they didn't raid it when it was full of "johns"......because one of the Johns may have had a small black book on them...?

Hayduke2

One should not traffice in rumors and hearsay... Sounds a bit made up to me...

TomWheatley

We could report her to the Frederick Area Rumor Containment Effort (FARCE) :)

Plumbum

It’s not fiction Gabs. Many stories on the Google about the incident. Sorry you embarked on self embarrassment agai

gabrielshorn2013

Do you even read what you write Plumbum? You said, and I quote ” It’s rumored through retired troopers with MSP that the blue collar home owner was not to come out of the house alive. This was all spearheaded by one MSP superior whom retired troopers have described him as “over the top”. Could you find on that Google thing where I can find a reference to this officer planning an assassination? The rest may indeed be factual, but you never claimed that to be a rumor. Not embarrassed at all. Like the old TV ad said, “reading is FUNdamental”, Pb.

gabrielshorn2013

You mean this one, plumbum?

Terry Porter, 'Doomsday prepper,' turns himself in

Police say Terry Porter, 46, faces multiple charges. Investigators returned to his home Friday and retrieved another rifle and shotgun.

Maryland State Police say officers were serving a warrant on him.

Officers were acting on a tip that Porter owned guns even though he was not allowed to do so."

https://wjla.com/news/local/maryland-state-police-remove-firearms-from-sharpsburg-home-suspect-not-found-82598

Yeah, no reason at all to be cautious in the apprehension.

rlc5495

Interesting that they didn't bust it when there were john's inside. As usual only the women get punished. They could have done it when the place was full of customers.

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C.D.Reid

Why, Plumbum?

gabrielshorn2013

Rumour spreadin' 'round

In that Maryland town

About that shack outside Mt. Airy

And you know what I'm talkin' about

Just let me know if you wanna go

To that home out on the range

They got a lot of nice girls

mrnatural1

[cool]

themightyjoedanger

Why? Unless there's some evidence of coercion or trafficking, why do we care? It's out of the way, it's not around a school. This is none of our business.

Greg F

This isn’t Vegas.

Frankle1

"This isn't Vegas" ... Um, so what? Consenting adults should be able to do what they want without interference from the state. Making sex work legal, makes it safer for everyone. SWAT was a waste of resources. Policing morality is a waste of money.

We have such a puritanical view of sex, that we think it’s our business to police other people’s sex lives, so other people’s sex lives are as puritanical as ours. The War on Sex is as useless as The War on Drugs! People haven’t stopped doing either…..or both with rock and roll.

public-redux

Mt. Airy and Vegas are pretty easy to confuse.

C.D.Reid

Why? Because prostitution is illegal in this state. You seem to forget that law enforcement agencies don't make laws, their job is to enforce them. Don't like it? Write your congressman. But don't blame law enforcement for doing the job that they're paid to do.

Frankle1

You're right, and I have written. It's yet another case where the state is wasting my tax dollars policing morality. It's an absolute waste of resources and a trash law no one should support or enforce. "It's illegal" is an excuse to allow the state to control our minds and bodies. You're alright with that I guess. Instead, I question stupid laws that waste my money and criminalize sex work. Criminalizing sex work makes it far more unsafe for everyone involved. Consenting adults should be free to do as they please. Law enforcement enforcing morality laws are one of the reasons a lot of people have lost trust in the institution as a whole. Policing subjective morality is a blatant waste of resources. If I were a cop I'd write my congressperson too, I'd be pissed the state was using me as a pawn to push puritanical codes on consenting adults behavior. But that's also one of the reasons I'm not a cop. They're required to enforce unjust, unfair, antiquated laws - people that sign up for that job aren't trying to protect anyone, they just want to be in control. Roll over and do as your told, don't question the state, that's what you're saying here CD...

Yep that's what Butch is saying Frankle1.....he is very much an authoritarian, who has no problem being told what to do as long as he can also tell people what to do...a vicious circle of controlling the uncontrollable(where everyone goes around controlling each other and hating each other) Butch doesn't think he's being controlled as long as he can holler it's against the law, shake his fist as the clouds, but if stopped to think about it just past his nose a tad...?

Hayduke2

I call BS.. And no, I am not policing morality or being overly puritanical in my thinking. Yeah, prostitution has been around forever, but so have murder, greed, and a host of other unfavorable actions. The myths associated with this "profession" are well documented.. You say "I'd be pissed the state was using me as a pawn to push puritanical codes on consenting adults behavior. " Do you really think that all involved are consenting adults? An interesting look can be found at https://prostitution.procon.org/top-10-pro-con-arguments/

To Protect Women, Legalize Prostitution

by Annamarie Forestiere | Oct 1, 2019 | Amicus, Criminal Justice, Labor and Employment, Sex Equality |

The underlying reason that people are uncomfortable listening to sex workers about legalizing prostitution has nothing to do with concern for the health and safety of women. If that were the genuine concern, prostitution would be legal in the United States by now. The underlying reason people disagree with legalizing prostitution is that prostitution is viewed as amoral because it involves (mostly) women selling their bodies for financial gain. However, telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies does not come from a place of morality: that comes from a place of control.

https://harvardcrcl.org/to-protect-women-legalize-prostitution/

Hayduke2

Polite ? Opinion pieces are many. Here's another https://now.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Myths-and-Facts-Summary-Prostution-Research-and-Education-1.pdf

Hayduke...exactly yours was an opinion piece as well..I'm glad you recognized it There are as many opinions about prostitution as there are myths..

Isn't your opinion about prostitution based on your perception of prostitution? Is your perception of prostitution based on myths or facts?

Hayduke2

Well polite - the same questions you asked apply to you. Are you saying you have some type of factual information or experience to prove your opinion is more valid?

Hayduke

What is my opinion on prostitution? Am I for or against it? Define my opinion for me, do you want me to define your opinion of prostitution? Remember myths vs facts when you define my opinion…

C.D.Reid

Congratulations Frankie, you're as big a liar as Snowy is because that is NOT what I was saying. I said if you don't like any particular laws being enforced, write your congressman. Got it now???

marinick1

[thumbup][thumbup][smile]

classified

Uh! how about sex trafficking, maybe the possibility for child prostitution. And I'm willing to bet you the girls were illegals. We do have laws in this country that need to be enforced even if the mindless commentators of the fnp don't think they should be

Which is why prostitution should be legal...and regulated. Just like with drugs..makes things safer for everyone. Common sense if you can think about it just past your nose a tad. Just think if prostitution was legal there wouldn't be "illegals"....so which is it are you more concerned about illegal sex or illegal sex workers?

Legally regulated houses of prostitution are not havens for illegals nor child prostitution nor sex trafficking. Think about it just for a minute before you answer me back.

classified

until they are legal and organized they will continue to consume police resources and be shut down. But I am familiar with your ridiculous opinions on laws that should and should not be enforced. I guess thats way lawmakers make laws and not delusional keyboard warriors!

Classified you agreed with my ridiculous opinions on how laws should be enforced, did you notice that? Guess my opinions aren’t as ridiculous as you thought? Lol

Hayduke2

Hmm. Alcohol and drugs are regulated. How’s that working?

classified

yes pick you were the one that said traffic laws should not be enforced!

Actually I never said traffic laws shouldn’t be enforced, I said there are better ways to enforce traffic laws than putting officers lives at risk. Maybe go back and read my comments again?

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