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Seven arrests made in prostitution sting



Published: Fri, January 10, 2014 @ 6:54 p.m.

Officers arrested seven people accused of prostitution and drug use in Austintown

Staff report

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Six women and one man were arrested on Wednesday after police say they were involved with prostitution and drugs.

The Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Youngstown’s FBI, Austintown Police Department and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department arrested the people on the state Route 46 and Interstate 80 corridor.

According to a news release, Heather Upole, 29, is charged with prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Sturgeon, 23, is charged with promoting prostitution, drug-abuse (heroin), possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Cristin Urso, 32, is charged with prostitution along with Tiye Brightwell-Knox, 27, and LaCarra Peterson, who does not have a listed age.

Christina Gradillas, 34, is charged with prostitution, drug abuse (crack cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments and criminal trespassing.

Maria Polas, 25, is charged with prostitution, drug abuse (heroin), drug abuse (suboxone), possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.

All of the suspects are from the Youngstown or Warren area, according to police, who did not provide addresses. They are scheduled for arraignment on Monday in Austintown court.


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