PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives, assisted by the Street Crimes Unit, set up a sting operation at a Punta Gorda motel and made four arrests Thursday, May 17.
Undercover detectives located an ad on a website in the adult entertainment section and called the number given. Detectives made contact twice and set up two separate rendezvous at the Knights Inn, 9300 Knights Drive, (Off I-75/Exit-161).
The first encounter was for 8 p.m. and would cost $300 an hour; the 9 p.m. appointment was to cost $200. Detectives set up two adjacent rooms at the motel, one for monitoring, and the other for the encounters.
At 7:50 p.m. an SUV with two women pulled into Arby’s parking lot across the street from the motel. The undercover detective met with them and they followed him to the motel room.
Joan Maureen Nunez, 19, 238 Rose Street, North Fort Myers, got out of the SUV driven by Michelle Leanne Hutson, 42, 503 34th Terrace, Cape Coral. Nunez went into the motel room and took the $200 from the undercover detective. She began to undress then touched the detective. A takedown signal was given and other officers entered the room and arrested Nunez. Detectives located Dilaudid in her bra.
Once she was in custody, officers approached the SUV and arrested Hutson. She drove Nunez to the motel and was to be paid $50 for driving her there. Detectives found a Pyrex smoking pipe in her purse with cocaine residue.
At the 9 p.m. appointment, Tekia Shajuan Middleton, 32, 3215 19th Street, East Bradenton, arrived with Jasmine Shante Murray, 27, 1010 Seven East Street, Bradenton.
Middleton went in the room and met with the undercover detective. She was given the $200 she asked for and then undressed. A takedown signal was given and other officers entered the room and arrested her; they found marijuana in her purse.
Other detectives went to the vehicle waiting outside and arrested Murray. They also saw Middleton’s one year old son in the vehicle with Murray. Her purse was searched and they found Oxycodone and $4,684 in cash which was seized. The child was released to the boy’s grandmother.
-- Joan Maureen Nunez, 19, North Fort Myers was charged with Soliciting Prostitution, Possession of Dilaudid, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
-- Michelle Leanne Hutson, 42, Cape Coral, was charged with Deriving Support from Proceeds of Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
-- Tekia Shajuan Middleton, 32, East Bradenton, was charged with Soliciting Prostitution, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (Habitual felony).
-- Jasmine Shante Murray, 27, Bradenton, was charged with Possession of Oxycodone.
Nunez has been released on $4,000 bond; the other suspects remain booked into the Charlotte County Jail. Hutson’s bond is $6,000, Middleton’s is $4,000 and Murray’s bond is $2,500.
If anyone has information about prostitution activities, please call the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).