UPDATE: 2 MORE MEN ARRESTED IN WAKE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING BUST
UPDATE: Two more men were put behind bars in relation to the human trafficking arrests reported Monday.
Devonte Kwame Spencer, 27, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, and Darryl Donnal Stone, 29, was arrested on a felony probation violation stemming from Montgomery.
Both men were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
An undercover operation over the weekend by the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force may have saved several victims from being trafficked.
Yusef Muhammad, 63, is facing human trafficking charges and Bradford Simmons, 30, is facing a charge of promoting prostitution in the wake of the bust.
Task force officials said they’d learned about Muhammad about a month ago, along with a tip from a family who noticed unusual behavior happening at the hotel they were staying in. The name of the hotel has not been released, but it is on Highway 82 just south of the intersection of McFarland and Skyland Boulevards.
Lt. Darren Beams said they stopped a vehicle near the hotel and found probable cause to arrest both men.
“Last year in 2017, of the 31 human trafficking cases reported to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, eight of them were ours,” Beams said. “I don’t think it’s any more prevalent here than it is anywhere else, it’s just that we’ve taken a more aggressive approach to it here. We must go after the supply and the demand to suppress this in our area.”
If you have any information about potential human trafficking in the Tuscaloosa area, call the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.