On January 23, 2014, PCSO detectives charged a man and a woman for human trafficking after deputies located a victim during a well-being check.
According to the affidavit, deputies responded to 704 Byni Ridge Drive off of Thornhill Road in Winter Haven in response to a well-being check about a 21-year-old woman who was being held there against her will. Deputies located the victim at the home, who confirmed she was being held against her will, and was beaten. The deputies called in specialized detectives, suspecting that the victim was also a victim of Human Trafficking. After investigation and extensive interviews, detectives arrested 21-year-old Marisol Rodriguez (DOB 6/12/92), charging her with one count Human Trafficking (F-2) and one count Principal to Human Trafficking (F-2).
Detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Rodriguez’s boyfriend, 29-year-old Devin “Smooth” Dixon (DOB 2/22/84), whose last known address is 2205 Colson Road in Plant City, for the following charges: one count Human Trafficking (F-2); one count False Imprisonment; one count Felony Battery; and one count Battery. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is assisting PCSO with locating Dixon, who may be in Polk or Hillsborough County.
Rodriguez has been booked into the Polk County Jail, where she is being held on $10,500 bond. She has been in the Polk County Jail on five prior occasions.
“Human Trafficking is one of those crimes you hear about and hope to never find in your backyard. Unfortunately, it has happened here in Polk County. We will work with this victim to get her the physical and psychological help she needs to recover from this heinous crime, and we will work with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure these two suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
The following is an excerpt from Attorney General Pam Bondi’s monthly newsletter:
“During Tuesday’s Florida Governor and Cabinet meeting, I sponsored a resolution recognizing January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. National Human Trafficking Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to raise awareness and to encourage people to consider how they can get involved in the effort to stop human trafficking. As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about this horrific crime, we announced this week that we now have anti-human trafficking messages displayed at the 39 rest areas throughout Florida that are equipped with TV monitors, spanning from the Panhandle to the Everglades. The image includes the following text, ‘Join the effort to stop human trafficking. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.’ If you suspect human trafficking, report it to local law enforcement immediately. For more information on our efforts to fight human trafficking, visit www.MyFloridaLegal.com.”
“In these two most recent arrests, the human trafficking victim was saved from further harm when a friend reported the abuse to the Sheriff’s Office. We encourage anyone who has information about someone being victimized to please report it to law enforcement. Working together, we can make a positive difference.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Devin “Smooth” Dixon, they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200. He is described as a black male, 6’3” tall, 250 lbs. His photo is attached. He may be driving a 2005 Cadillac STS with FL tag CBZ M17.
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