Date: January 10, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
11 Arrested During Investigation Targeting Prostitution

Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations detectives, arrested 11 suspects January 4, 2001, during an undercover operation targeting prostitution activity near Inwood. During the undercover operation, the following were arrested and charged:

* Lee Riegel, DOB 2/2/46, of 2144 Ariana Blvd. in Auburndale, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Edric Bennett, DOB 9/13/63, of 1407 Meadow Dr. NE in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Jimmy Pham, DOB 5/20/49, of 3006 Ave. K NW in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Jaime San Miguel, DOB 7/30/59, of 311 Senate St. in Auburndale, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Edgar Bailengee, DOB 12/1/35, of 25048-A Morgan Rd., Maryland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Authur Green, DOB 12/26/46, of 1032 SR 60 East, in Lake Wales, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Bunyon Ledford, DOB 3/26/33, of 3200 Old Forty Rd. in Lake Wales, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Jack Bingaman, DOB 12/8/27, of 4127 Sprucewood St. in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Ernest Barnhill, DOB 4/15/79, of 3109 Ave. T in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Severiano Lopez, DOB 6/1/62, of 113 Croton Rd. in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

* Khanh Le, DOB 3/26/56, of 304 E Derby Ave. in Winter Haven, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

All suspects were arrested and booked into the Polk County jail. The investigation is continuing.

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