VPD arrests two for marijuana possession, solicitation of prostitution
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
As manager of the LaQuinta Inn in Valdosta, Rick Oelkers is always looking out for his guests.
He said since hotels are a common place for prostitution, he often checks various websites to make sure it's not happening in his hotel. On Monday, that effort paid off when he came across an ad on Craig's List.
"Routinely, we'll check these websites to se what's going on," said Oelkers. "I was searchin' some of the ads, found a couple of pictures that I saw that were taken inside my hotel."
He wasn't completely sure the photos were from his hotel though, so he checked back on Thursday and saw more photos that showed items specific to the hotel rooms there, so he called police.
"Number one, it made me angry. Number two, I can't have stuff like that go on for the safety and security of my guests," Oelkers emphasized.
Valdosta Police set up a sting operation at the hotel shortly after getting the call and were able to arrest 20 year-old Brielle Watkins for solicitation of prostitution and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and 21 year-old Shawntearia Carter for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
"From my understanding, [investigators] called the number that was advertised on Craig's List and made a date with the people doin' it," Oelkers explained
Valdosta Police remind anyone thinking of responding to an ad for prostitution that although it may not seem like a crime, prostitution is illegal and you will go to jail if you get caught.
"If we find out that you're goin' around usin' prostitutes, we will arrest you and charge you," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk.
As for Watkins and Carter, who were practicing the oldest profession in the world, they got busted by one of the oldest tricks in the book.
Valdosta Police released this statement:
On July 17, 2014, the Valdosta Police Department Narcotics Unit received a tip from hotel employees at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 1800 Clubhouse Drive, in reference to suspicious activity involving two females that had checked into a room. Narcotics Detectives conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Brielle Watkins from Orlando, Florida for Solicitation of Prostitution and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana; and Shawntearia Carter, from Ocala, Florida for Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. Both Watkins and Carter were transported to the Lowndes County Jail.
Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.