CLEARWATER — Police arrested 24 men and women on prostitution charges this week during an undercover sting operation dubbed "Operation Cheap Trick."
Officers made arrests by posing as customers and prostitutes in East Gateway, an area known for prostitution. East Gateway is south of Drew Street and north of Court Street, east of Missouri Avenue and west of Highland Avenue.
Male officers targeted suspected prostitutes, and female officers targeted men who hire them, said police chief Tony Holloway.
Police arrested eight people Monday and 17 Thursday.
Police incorrectly announced 25 arrests in an early Friday release.
The following were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution:
Charles Mainier, 53, Tampa
Leonard Waters, 49, Clearwater
Jariel Candelario, 31, Clearwater
Anthony Cotugno, 63, Clearwater
Delfino Panzo, 30, Clearwater
Jose M. Arriaga, 34, Palm Harbor
Gabriel Moreno-Flores, 34, transient
Miguel A. Cruz Vega, 23, Clearwater
Larry Bryant, 57, Clearwater
Victor Ibarra-Rangel, 33, Clearwater
Luis Medina, 43, Clearwater
Jose A. Perez, 34, Clearwater
Loren C. Wilhite, 82, Largo
Thomas Jones, 44, Clearwater
Jaime P. Jimenez, 30, Largo
Armando Corona-Hernandez, 26, Largo
Jessica Rioux, 28, transient
Brittney M. Hoyt-Wier, 23, Largo
Ninoshka Casanova, 38, Clearwater
The following women were arrested on a felony prostitution charge:
Sherrena Esham, 25, Clearwater
Danielle Hansen, 41, Largo
Victoria Murray, 46, Largo
Darla Stephen, 38, Clearwater
Nikki L. Lee, 37, Clearwater
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