Tip leads to Canton prostitution bust

Five people have been arrested on charges related to running a prostitution ring in the Canton area.

Aroldo Roca-Lara, 31, of Canton, Jesus Benigno Hernandez Velazquez, 52, of Canton, Alicia Navarro Flores, 32, of Norcross, Roberto Chavez-Duran, 38, of Norcross and Juan Escabar-Tercero, 48, of Canton, face charges, including pimping, obstructions, prostitution, RICO, prostitution, false statements, keeping a place of prostitution and possession of cocaine.

In a news release, officials said a tip led to a month-long investigation by five agencies that revealed Roca-Lara owned a prostitution house on Archer Street and was running it alongside Velazquez and Flores.

After executing a search warrant, authorities arrested Flores at the home. Tercer, a local cab driver, was also charged in the operation, the statement said.

This investigation was handled by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security and the Canton Police Department.

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