Several arrested in Warwick prostitution sting

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Warwick police arrested several people in a prostitution sting Thursday night.

Patrol officers, detectives, undercover officers, K-9 and community police all worked together to make the numerous arrests, the department said.

The seven people arrested and their charges are:

  • Tasha Hilliard, 35, from Cranston, charged with prostitution
  • Michelle Francis, 30, from North Providence, charged with prostitution
  • Nakkia Smith, 24, from Providence, charged with prostitution and possession of oxycodone
  • Korena Johnson, 24, from Newport, charged with prostitution
  • Alicia Barnella, 28, from Providence, charged with prostitution
  • Markel Coker, 45, from East Killingly, Conn., charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee
  • Stephen Mecca, 53, from Jamestown, charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee

Police said the specific hotel where the sting took place is not being named to encourage continued cooperation with investigators.

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